A growing chorus of top congressional Democrats urged Trump to cancel the event, even as some Republicans said the president should use the opportunity to confront Putin firmly about Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.
However, Hurt actually believes the news could help Trump because he could use these indictment to point out that the Democrats' "collusion" scandal appears to be nothing more than unfounded political nonsense.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who like the summit host, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, was singled out in the room by Trump for spending less that 1 per cent of GDP on defence, said Madrid would also meet the target by 2024. "But you never know what happens, but I will absolutely firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with Russian Federation".
"GRU officers who knowingly and intentionally conspired with each other, and with persons known and known to the Grand Jury (collectively the "Conspirators"), to gain unauthorized access (to "hack") into the computers of USA persons and entities involved in the 2016 US presidential election, steal documents from those computers, and stage releases of the stolen documents to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election", says the Justice Department.
After the indictments were announced, top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin until Russian Federation takes steps to prove it won't interfere in future elections.
"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 Lindsay Walters, the deputy White House press secretary. Trump said in Brussels.
Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time.
This is not the first time when Trump blamed Obama for the annexation of Crimea.
Moscow and Washington announced the summit date after Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton met with Putin in Moscow late June. After all, Trump has been panting to become best friends with Putin for over a decade and apparently referred to his more cautious advisers as "stupid people" who are intent on sabotaging great relations between Moscow and Washington.
"If the president leaves the Putin meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure - it will be a grave step backward for the future of the worldwide order and global security". "It could happen", Trump said.
Warner went on to urge the Trump administration to stop calling the Mueller probe a "witch hunt".
Some NATO diplomats shrugged off Trump's tough words as a frank discussion between allies, saying the push for countries to spend more on defence showed his commitment to the alliance.
Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations".
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stopped short of calling for a cancellation. "Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy".