Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own dealmaking skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy and judo black belt, are due to have some time alone at the summit. The upside for Trump is less clear - and that worries some lawmakers and foreign policy experts in Washington.
US President Donald Trump (R) waves as he disembarks Air Force One with US First Lady Melania Trump (L) at Prestwick Airport, south of Glasgow on July 13, 2018, on the second day of Trump's United Kingdom visit. John McCain of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic and a Russian Federation hawk, called on the president to cancel the summit if he is "not prepared to hold Putin accountable".
Trump's claims that the United States pays for 90 percent of European security and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are incorrect, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation data shows.
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, says Trump and Putin could instruct their aides to begin formal work on a five-year extension of the treaty, which would not require a renegotiation of its terms or ratification by the legislative branch of either government.
Still, even without the lifting of sanctions, US recognition of Crimea as Russian would be a huge prize for Putin, scholars said.
A day earlier in Brussels, Trump did say he would raise the election issue with Putin, but also said: "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it". "We want to find out about Syria".
The indicted group has been charged hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign during the 2016 presidential election along with leaking stolen information to the public.
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But DNA testing would, in theory, speed it up dramatically. 'Proper vetting for child safety is essential, ' he said. In those cases, protections are needed to make sure children are not handed over to adults seeking to exploit them.
'I will absolutely bring that up.
On the eastern side of Scotland, dozens of others protested Saturday outside Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeen.
The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We presented the current situation". He left open the possibility of recognizing Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", Merkel told reporters Wednesday having just arrived for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was among the first to call for Trump to cancel the summit, warning that, "Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy".
"His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. "Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy", she said.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport on Friday by the British government's Scotland minister. John McCain (R-Az) - have called for the summit to be called off, especially if Trump is not willing to take Putin to task for the Russian meddling. The person asked not to be identified discussing Moscow's outlook ahead of the summit.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News on Friday afternoon that the summit is "still on". One possibility is a new nuclear weapons agreement. "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, before the Election?" But he has also seemed to suggest that there is not much he can do to push back against the Russian leader's denials.