A group of top Democratic Party lawmakers in the US Senate have warned President Donald Trump against a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ahead of a planned summit between the two Finland.
Eight Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Minority Whip Dick Durbin and the top Democrats on the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Armed Services, Appropriations and Banking committees sent a letter to Trump on Saturday making the demand.
“If you insist on meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, we write to urge that you include senior members of your team,” the letter said.
They argued that “Putin is a trained KGB intelligence veteran who will come to this meeting well-prepared.”
“There must be other Americans in the room,” they wrote, urging Trump to “rely on the expertise and the experts of the State Department, Defense Department, CIA and other…