Donald Trump's claim that NATO will boost defence spending disputed

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While some lawmakers are demanding that President Donald Trump immediately cancel his upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the indictment on Friday of 12 Russian military officers for "conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election", Sen.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allied leaders, who Trump met with in Brussels earlier this week, are skeptical about whether he will be firm enough with the Russian leader, who has denied the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the election with the intent of helping Trump win.

Prime Minister May said Trump is well-positioned as he prepares to meet with Putin, saying "what is important is that the president goes into this as he is doing from a position of strength and also from a position of unity in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation".

The indictment - which comes days before President Donald Trump holds a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - was the clearest allegation yet of Russian efforts to meddle in American politics.

Sen. Mark Warner, the Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Mr. Trump should not meet with Putin one-on-one.

"If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal", the president said.

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The indictment also says the hackers went after other Democratic targets, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Cancel the Putin meeting".

U.S. President Donald Trump closed out his chaotic two-day visit to NATO Thursday by declaring victory, claiming that member nations caved to his demands to significantly increase defence spending and reaffirming his commitment to the alliance.

"I will absolutely bring that up".

A source briefed on Mr Trump's meeting with fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations told the New York Times the President had said that if the other countries did not meet the target by January, the U.S. "would go it alone". "I don't believe in walking into the room with a world leader who's an enemy, who's a strategic threat, unless you have a specific game plan". I didn't think they put it in, but that's all right. "I think it's very inappropriate".

Trump poured fuel on the Brexit fire during his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation press conference, saying he was not sure that Britons had voted for the Brexit plan presented by Prime Minister Theresa May, which has triggered a British cabinet rebellion. Tammy Duckworth, issued similar statements. "I made the point for Germany that we know we have to do more". "I'm pleased that the Justice Department is following the facts wherever they may lead, despite Donald Trump's unsafe distortions and his refusal to acknowledge the conclusions reached by the American intelligence community". That includes four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty to different crimes and agreed to cooperate, as well as 13 Russians accused of participating in a hidden but powerful social media campaign to sway American public opinion in the 2016 election.