Prince Charles and Prince William 'snubbed' Trump during his Queen visit

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Britain’s princes were not interested in charming President Trump, according to a report.

Prince Charles and Prince William could have attended the President’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, but “snubbed” the American in favor of other engagements, according to The Times of London.

“They simply refused to attend. It’s a very, very unusual thing for the Queen to be there on her own. Usually she is accompanied by somebody. Prince Charles has been substituting for Philip a lot recently,” a source told the newspaper.

Charles had a meeting with his company and attended a police event, while William played in a charity polo match.

Trump met briefly with the reigning monarch at Windsor Castle and made a mild etiquette error by turning his back to the Queen.

It was not clear whether the decision to miss out by the Prince of Wales was impacted by a blubbering balloon of Trump’s likeness and 100,000 people taking the streets of central London in opposition to the President’s visit.

Trump said as he was leaving the NATO summit in Brussels that “I think they like me there” in the U.K., though a YouGov poll found that only 17% have a favorable view as opposed to 77% unfavorable.

It is unclear how his visit and public criticism of the British Prime Minister Theresa May impacted those numbers for Trump, who also stayed at his golf course in Scotland ahead of a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.



John McCain, Top Democrats Call On Trump To Cancel Putin Meeting

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New indictments are evidence of an “extensive plot” by Russia to “attack the 2016 election,” the Republican senator said.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 18 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee called on President Donald Trump to cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after indictments were announced Friday accusing a dozen Kremlin intelligence officers of hacking Democratic Party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But a senior administration source told NBC on Friday that there was “zero” chance the controversial private meeting between the two men would be canceled.

McCain tweeted that if Trump “is not prepared to hold Putin accountable,” the talks in Helsinki on Monday “should not move forward.”

He said the indictments are evidence of an “extensive plot” by Putin’s government to “attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy.”

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Schumer said in a statement that “glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.” He said the one-on-one meeting should not take place until “Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted tersely to Trump to “cancel your ridiculous Putin summit and get your butt on a plane back to the United States.”

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, also said he is concerned that Putin will take “full advantage of an ill-prepared” Trump. The president has said he plans to meet with the Russian leader alone. “There should be no one-on-one meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin,” Warner told reporters Friday.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) also called for the cancellation of the meeting, saying that Trump “cannot claim to love the U.S. while meeting with ... a man who is overseeing an all-out attack on America’s democracy.” He was one of several members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who signed a letter calling on Trump to cancel.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) tweeted to Trump: “Don’t hand another dictator a propaganda victory.”

Most Republicans were keeping mum. A terse response from the GOP only said: “No collusion.” But the investigation is ongoing, and there hasn’t yet been a determination on possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The indictments did reveal that attempts to hack into Democratic Party emails occurred later the same day that Trump called on Russians in a speech to uncover emails that his rival Hillary Clinton had held on a private server.

“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said at a Florida news conference on July 27, 2016. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

White House officials were reportedly furious that the indictments were announced by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday morning, just days before the planned summit with Putin.

“It’s a big F-U from [special prosecutor Robert] Mueller,” a White House official told Politico, adding that it “wasn’t an accident” that the indictments were announced before the Helsinki summit.



Trump Told Russia To Get Clinton’s Emails. The Same Day, They Obeyed.

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A new indictment from Robert Mueller reveals that Russia appeared to be listening to what Trump wanted.

In the morning of July 27, 2016, Donald Trump encouraged Russian hackers to find emails that had been deleted from Hillary Clinton’s private server that she used while serving as secretary of state. 

“I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said at a press conference in Florida. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

Russia appeared to be listening and heeded Trump’s call, according to a bombshell revelation on Friday. A grand jury convened by special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for their involvement in hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election.

The indictment states that on July 27 ― the same day as Trump’s press conference ― Russian hackers, “for the first time,” attempted to break into email accounts, including those used by Clinton’s personal office. Notably, the indictment specifies that the hack happened in the evening, meaning the Russian officials could have done it after Trump’s press conference. 

Around the same time, they also tried hacking the Clinton campaign ― although the hacking of the campaign began earlier, before Trump’s call. 

Shortly after his press conference, Trump tweeted about his comments, adding that the hackers should share the emails with the FBI ― something he left out of his initial remarks. 

The White House played down the revelations in the indictment, saying there was no evidence that anyone on the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russian officials.

“Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result,” said White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters. “This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.”

“We know that the Trump campaign and the Russians were in constant contact during the campaign, and it is increasingly apparent they were in fact coordinating their efforts,” said Max Bergmann, the director of the Moscow Project at the Center for American Progress. “That’s what collusion looks like.”





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