Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 United States election

Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 United States election

Asked in an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan whether he considered Putin a "ruthless" person, Trump said the Russian president "probably is"- but that plenty of other people are ruthless, too. "I'm not going with high expectations".

Last week, Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking computer servers used by Trump's 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton, then leaking private emails to damage her campaign.

Earlier, the USA authorities pressed charges against 12 Russians who are suspected of hacking email accounts of the Democratic Party leaders during the presidential election campaign in 2016.

Trump was in Britain as part of his European trip that earlier saw him in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and will take him to Helsinki for a summit with Russian Putin on July 16.

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Trump also tweeted Sunday that he believes no matter well how the summit with Putin goes, he'll face criticism from Democrats and the media.

"I think we could probably get along very well", Trump added, referring to his scheduled summit with Putin.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out".

Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling, along with Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics. "I hadn't thought of that, but certainly I'll be asking about it". "I don't think Russian Federation is sending anyone back over here for trial, the same way we wouldn't send anybody over there for trial", Paul mused on CNN's State of the Union.

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When asked who he thought was the "biggest foe" to the United States right now, Trump named the European Union, China, and Russian Federation.

"Right now, there's no trust in the relationship and, because of that, problem-solving is practically impossible", Mr Huntsman said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into allegations of collusion between Russian officials and Trump campaign members dragged into its second year in May.

He added: "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us". "We have asked, and the Russians have agreed, that it will be basically unstructured. That's a really good thing", he said.

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