No plan for U.S. troops to leave Germany: White House

Twitter accuses Republican senators of defiling America after spending July 4 in Moscow

Trump and Putin will meet July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, for their first official summit.

"You appear to be hell-bent on pushing for your European army, hell-bent for a foreign policy without veto, and hell-bent to be on a direct collision course with President Trump, and with NATO", Farage said on Tuesday while blasting the EU leadership during a debate at the European Parliament.

The U.S. president, whose 2016 election campaign is being probed for possible collusion with Russian Federation, has said repeatedly he wants to have a good relationship with Washington's former Cold War foe, despite tensions between Russian Federation and the West over Ukraine, Syria and alleged election meddling around the world.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017.

The prospect of Trump and Putin meeting alone has raised concern among members of the US national security community, some of whom have fretted that Putin, who has served as either president or prime minister since 2000, will use the meeting to gain leverage over the U.S.

"The president believes a better relationship with Russia would be good for both America and Russia, but the ball really is in Russia's court and the president will continue to hold Russia accountable for its malign activity", Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to Russia, told reporters on a conference call.

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"The president has determined that now is the time for direct communication between himself and president Putin and it is in the interests of the United States, the interests of Russian Federation and the interests of peace and security around the world", the official said.

President Donald Trump has declared that his incessant jibes at USA allies to spend more on defense has made NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg "Trump's biggest fan", while Russian Federation must regret ever liking the ex-Apprentice host. At Trump's rally, the president suggested he had done enough to allay fears among Americans that he did not view US allies favorably.

The summit also will include a bilateral meeting and a working lunch between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. The president will arrive in Brussels the evening of July 10 and meet with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders the following morning for a discussion of "defense and deterrence issues".

Trump has expressed scorn for the alliance and is expected to upbraid European NATO members for not spending enough on their own defense.

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

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