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McCain said the charges were the "result of the hard work of America's law enforcement and intelligence officials who dedicate their lives to bringing to justice those who wish to do us harm".

Since last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit allies had added $US41bn to their budgets, he said, and now they would redouble their efforts.

Trump himself said that "the USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation remains very strong" and withdrawing was "unnecessary". He said the allies had confirmed their intention to meet the goal of 2 per cent by 2024 and no more.

Mueller's investigation was launched in May 2017, with a primary focus on allegations that members of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team colluded with Russian interests.

While not commenting on the 4% figure, Mr Hunt supported Mr Trump's assertion that other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members needed to to play a greater role. One notable but often forgotten example is that Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., called the claims of Russian Federation hacking the DNC "phony" and "lies" on July 11, 2016.

"I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments", an ebullient president told reporters after the second day of the Brussels meeting, when North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders huddled with Trump to try to defuse a crisis. And are we really paying too much?

NATO, a pillar of the global order, emerged from a two-day confrontation with President Donald Trump on Thursday intact but distracted and shaken, a further challenge to the alliance as it faces an expansionist Russian Federation and growing authoritarianism among some of its own members.

Meanwhile, a handful of House and Senate members called on Mr. Trump to cancel the Putin summit, or at least reconsider it. Sen.

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And while the president has said he ultimately wants to up commitments doubled to 4 percent, for now he said that countries have agreed to move at a "faster clip" to meet the 2 percent threshold. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before".

"I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me".

Nonetheless, he has simultaneously asserted that the US should pay less.

When pressed to explain Trump's claims he credited the president with a "new sense of urgency" among allies to "redouble our efforts" to increase defence spending, but did not report any new cash or time commitments.

Air Force One has landed at London Stansted Airport, where Trump is beginning a four-day visit to the country.

"President Trump's continued refusal to condemn the Russians' attacks on our democracy, even after Special Counsel Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 election, makes it clear that meeting with Putin would be both pointless and risky", Pelosi said.

USA intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. "So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

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