White House: Trump will confront Putin on 'malign' Kremlin activities

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven R-N.D. left Sen. John Thune R-S.D. center and Sen. Jerry Moran R-Kan. chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection Product Safety Insurance and Data Security speak to the Associated Press in the U.S. Embassy in Mos

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven R-N.D. left Sen. John Thune R-S.D. center and Sen. Jerry Moran R-Kan. chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection Product Safety Insurance and Data Security speak to the Associated Press in the U.S. Embassy in Mos

Trump, who is set to leave for Europe on Tuesday, will hold meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in Brussels and visit Britain before having a one-on-one meeting with Putin.

The Pentagon is already reviewing the impact of withdrawing some of the 35,000 active-duty American troops in Germany, The Washington Post reported last month.

"The President has determined that now is the time for direct communication between himself and President Putin and that it is in the interest of the United States. and that's the way he's proceeding", the official said.

Jon Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to Russian Federation, said U.S. officials have repeatedly confronted Russian Federation about election hacking and said Trump wants to improve relations, but won't let Putin off the hook.

Russian Federation has denied these allegations.

A senior administration official with knowledge of the situation but not authorized to speak publicly did not initially answer the question about possible troop withdrawals on a conference call with reporters. He referred to Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying: "And I said, 'You know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us 'cause I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you".

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Last month, a G-7 meeting in Canada turned sour when Trump disparaged allies and refused to sign a joint statement. So it's understandable for the USA to air frustration and ask European nations to do more - especially as some states are yet to meet their standard 2 per cent obligation.

As previously reported "FACTS" before the U.S. presidential Advisor for national security John Bolton said that the upcoming meeting trump and Putin could improve relations between the two countries, and one of the topics at the meeting may be a possible return of Russian Federation to the Big eight.

After the alliance was established in 1949, its first secretary general, Lord Hastings Ismay, summed up its goal concisely: "to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down". All are former Soviet client states: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

In June, he sent letters to several allies complaining they are not abiding by a 2014 commitment to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product on national defense.

Speaking of the possible topics of the upcoming meeting, Huntsman said "some of them might be around strategic stability and arms control".

As part of this plan, Trump could mothball USA bases in Europe and shift most resources spent there and in the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific region, where China and Iran pose real threats to America-and against which NATO is irrelevant.

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