The backstage: why Trump questioned the arrangement with Putin

Pressure on Donald Trump after his meeting with Vladimir Putin has strengthened both the Congress and the media. This is an expected reaction and it can endanger all the agreements reached in Hamburg, experts say.
Donald Trump

Group without a future

The fact that the presidents of the United States and Russia "agreed on some very concrete things," July 7 after their meeting, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Among them, he called a truce in southwestern Syria, the appointment of an American special representative for Ukraine and an agreement on cooperation between the two countries in the field of cybersecurity. "To this end, a joint bilateral working group will be established," Lavrov said. About this same Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Three days later, the American leader personally denied the latest accord. "The fact that President Putin and I were discussing a group on cybersecurity does not mean that I believe that this can happen. It can not, "the US president wrote in his Twitter on July 10 .

Time will tell if a working group on cybersecurity between Russia and the US will be established, the presidents did not promise anything to each other on this issue, only the readiness of joint work in this direction was stated, the press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov told journalists.

Trump questioned the possibility of creating a working group on cybersecurity to respond to skeptics within the country, the program director of Valdai Discussion Club Andrei Sushentsov is sure. "Trump seeks to create an image of a person who owns an initiative that acts in American interests and is not constrained by external arrangements," the expert said. The fact that Trump doubted the possibility of implementing agreements with Putin does not mean that he is going to stop the normalization of relations with Moscow, Sushentsov believes.

At the same time, the Presidents' agreement on cybersecurity was criticized in the US by both Republicans and Democrats. Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, called cooperation with Russia on this issue "dangerous." The creation of a joint cybersecurity group with Russia is "not the most stupid of all [Trump's] ideas, but close to that," said Republican Senator Lindsay Graham from South Carolina on NBC. Although there were other opinions. Republican senator Marco Rubio wrote in his Twitter microblogging that "reality and pragmatism require that we interact with Vladimir Putin."

A Truce with Disabilities

Nevertheless, according to Donald Trump, another arrangement could be implemented - a truce in the southeast of Syria, also agreed at the meeting of the presidents. Now it is observed, but with violations. This was reported on Monday by the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. The ceasefire came into force on Sunday, July 9, but violations were already recorded, in particular - repeated mortar and artillery shelling of the opposition "Free Syrian Army" positions, the Syrian human rights organization Center for Documenting Violations reports .

Russian and American specialists were supposed to work out mechanisms for a crisis response to ceasefire violations and, perhaps, they could do it in time to keep the agreements, believes the expert of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs Maxim Suchkov. Opponents of Trump can take advantage of a truce violation in the southeast in order to level modest achievements of Moscow and Washington in the Syrian direction, including to increase pressure on Trump, says Suchkov. Arrangements for Syria - a small achievement, and they are unlikely to be respected, believes senior adviser of the Atlantic Council of the United States, Harlan Ullman.

In February and September 2016, Russia and the United States have already agreed on a ceasefire in Syria, but both attempts to implement it have failed.

Lawyer with connections

The newspaper The New York Times on July 9 published an article in which she told about new facts of communication between representatives of Trump and Russians. The article stated that in June 2016, the son of President Donald Trump Jr. and two Trump advisors Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. The son of the American president confirmed to The New York Times that the meeting in the New York skyscraper Trump Tower really took place. It was a short fact-finding meeting where "the program of adoption of Russian children, which existed and was popular among American families, was discussed, but was closed by the Russian government," said Trump Jr.. According to him, he went to a meeting at the request of a friend; While he was not given the name of a person in advance,

However, three sources from The New York Times in the White House reported that Trump Jr. decided to talk with Veselnitsky, as he was promised to disclose evidence against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The organizer of the meeting, according to The New York Times, was Rob Goldstone, music critic and friend of Trump Jr..

As the New York Times wrote, the meeting between a Russian lawyer and people from Trump's entourage was the first indication that at his headquarters they wanted to get help in the campaign from the Russians. The meeting with Veselnitskaya became known after the son-in-law of the US president and his senior adviser Jared Kushner sent to specialized agencies a request for access to classified information, in which he disclosed the names of foreigners he met recently.

Veselnitskaya told The New York Times that she had not discussed the presidential campaign with Trump Jr.. She also denies that she allegedly "acted on behalf of the Russian government." According to her, she "never" discussed this meeting with representatives of the Russian authorities. "We do not know who this is, and, of course, we can not track the meetings of all Russian lawyers, both inside the country and abroad," the press secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov commented on the meeting.

Representatives of the Trump administration repeatedly rejected the assumption of possible links between Trump and Russia, accusing the media and opponents of information and political persecution. The US president in May called accusations of "a great witch hunt". At the same time, Reuters reported that former US National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and other representatives of Trump's inner circle during the election campaign in 2016 had contacted 18 times by phone or by e-mail with Russian officials and people associated with the Kremlin. Reuters interviewed by participants of other election campaigns in the United States noted that the contacts of the candidate headquarters with foreign representatives are not uncommon, but in this case it surprises the scale of the interaction.

The campaign against Trump, including through the media, will continue, depending on how the investigation of possible Russian interference in the elections will progress, Harlan Ullman is sure. The meeting between Trump and Putin was perceived in the United States as a political victory of the Russian side, which "categorically rejected its interference in the [American] elections," which is untrue, according to US intelligence, which is why the results of the talks were not enthusiastic, Ullman explains his point of view.

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Trump praised his son for being open with the Russian lawyer

President of the United States Donald Trump called his son Donald Trump Jr. "very good person" and welcomed his openness. The American leader said this after his son published a correspondence about a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, Reuters reports .

"My son is a good man, and I applaud his openness," the president said in a statement read out by White House spokesman Sarah Sanders.

On Tuesday, July 11, Donald Trump Jr. posted on his page on the social network Twitter a correspondence with a PR specialist and former reporter for one of the British tabloids Rob Goldstone, in which they talked about meeting with Veselnitskaya.

Trump's son noted that Russian businessman and singer Emin Agalarov suggested that Goldstone give information about the former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "I thought that the information they offered about Hillary Clinton is a study of the political opposition," Trump Jr. said. He said he offered to talk on the phone, but the conversation did not take place, and he was told that there would be a "woman" in New York and "asked to meet with her."

About that Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump Jr. met with the Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya, the newspaper The New York Times reported on Saturday, July 8, referring to confidential government documents. According to the publication, the meeting was held June 9, 2016 in the Trump Tower during Trump's campaign. The New York Times noted that Veselnitskaya has "connections with the Kremlin."

Trump Jr. himself said that the meeting was "short" and raised the issue of the adoption of Russian children by US citizens. He stressed that the negotiations were not part of the pre-election campaign, and after the meeting with the Russian lawyer "nothing happened".

Veselnitskaya herself in an interview with the American television channel NBC said that she has no connections with the Kremlin, and during the conversation with her son-in-law and son Trump, she did not provide any information that could harm Hillary Clinton. The lawyer noted that the meeting was due to the fact that her client was interested in the situation around the "Magnitsky law". She said that when she was in the Trump Tower, she was met by "music writer" Rob Goldstone, who introduced her to Trump the younger.

The lawyer noticed that, "it is likely" From her wanted to get dirt on Clinton. According to her, "they wanted so much" to get information that they "heard only what they wanted to hear." Goldstone confirmed that he had arranged a meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya and did so at the request of businessman Emin Agalarov.

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Hackers have got the data of credit cards of the hotel guests of Trump

The US-owned hotel chain, Trump Hotels, warned its customers that hackers managed to steal the data of the bookings, which could lead to the theft of funds from the cards
Zach Gibson / Bloomberg

Entered into the online reservation system SynXis Central Reservation (SCR, service company Saber Hospitality Solutions) hackers managed to access personal data of the guests of a number of hotels of the Trump Hotels network.

In a statement  the company, controlled by belonging to the president of the United States Donald Trump Trump Organization (while staying Trump as head of state handed over to them in trust), it is noted that from its own computer network information leak was not, but those who book rooms through Sabre system Are under threat.

According to Trump Hotels, hackers who hacked SCR could access the data of hotel guests in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Washington, Toronto, Rio de Janeiro and some other cities. At the same time, stolen data could be stolen, such as the number of the bank card that was paid for the reservation, its validity period, the name of the card holder, and in some cases the security code. In addition, hackers could find out the name of the guest, his address and phone number and some other personal information.

At the same time, Trump Hotels assured that such data as the numbers of social security cards, passports and driver's licenses of clients, remained a secret for hackers.

At the same time, Trump Hotels assured that such data as the numbers of social security cards, passports and driver's licenses of clients, remained a secret for hackers.

According to Saber, for the first time hackers gained access to data of Trump Hotels customers on August 10, 2016, the last information leak occurred on March 9, 2017. Everyone who booked numbers through SCR during this period of time is recommended to study the reports on transactions on their cards and, if suspicious transactions are detected, report this to their bank and law enforcement agencies.

Saber reported the penetration of hackers into the SCR system  on July 5, 2017. After that, several hotels using the services of hotel chains - Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and others warned about possible leakage of personal data of their clients.

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On the paternal line: what binds the sons of Trump and Agalarov

The meeting of Trump's son with a lawyer from Russia during the election campaign is gathering new details. It is known that it was organized at the request of singer Emin, who is familiar with the Trump at the contest "Miss Universe"
Emin Agalarov, Donald Trump and Araz Agalarov

Emin Agalarov and Donald Trump Jr. are very similar. They are almost the same age, they received a good education in the US, their fathers are prominent developers, members of the Forbes list - global and Russian.

They met in 2013. Then Emin Agalarov filmed a video for his single Amor. The role of the main heroine of the video went to the winner of the "Miss Universe 2012" Olivia Kalpo. It was the representatives of the competition who presented Agalarov Trump, who bought the rights to conduct it in 1996.

Soon after the meeting, it became known that the "Miss Universe 2013" competition will be held in Moscow, in Crocus City Hall, owned by the Agalarov Crocus Group. "We had a meeting ... it seems that we all liked each other, exchanged handshakes and signed a contract for a week," Emin told In a Forbes interview. About Agalarovs Trump responded very warmly. "Our partner in this enterprise is one of the greatest families in Russia," the businessman said. "True,

However, no joint construction projects followed the competition. But they followed the creative ones - Trump appeared in the video of Agalarov for the song In Another Life.

Connections with Russia

On July 9, NYT, citing confidential government documents, said that two weeks after Donald Trump became a Republican presidential candidate for the United States, June 9, 2016, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., the head of the campaign headquarters, Paul Manafort, and his Jared Kushner's brother-in-law met at the Trump Tower with a lawyer from Russia, Natalia Veselnitskaya. According to the newspaper, the newspaper has "connections with the Kremlin."

Representatives of Kushner and Trump Jr. confirmed the information about the meeting.

July 10, it became known that the initiator of the meeting was PR-manager Rob Goldstone. According to him, he did so at the request of his Moscow client, singer and composer Emin Agalarov. The reason for the meeting, according to Trump Jr. himself, was the dirt on Trump's rival during the election of Hillary Clinton, which the lawyer promised. "After the exchange of greetings, the woman said that she has information about people associated with Russia, who fund the National Committee of the Democratic Party and support Ms. Clinton. Her words were vague, ambiguous and meaningless. She did not provide any details or additional information and did not even offer. It quickly turned out that she did not have any relevant information, " Fox News quotes him.

In a letter dated June 3, 2016, Rob Goldstone wrote: "The Crown Prosecutor of Russia met with his (Emin Agalarov's) father Araz (Araz Agalarov - RBC ) this morning, and at this meeting it was proposed to provide the headquarters of the pre-election campaign Trump some official documents and information that could compromise Hillary and her contacts with Russia and could be very useful for your father [Donald Trump]. This information is of a high level of secrecy, but nevertheless is part of Russia and its state support to Mr. Trump. "

Araz Agalarov called letters about compromising material on Clinton fiction, although he confirmed that Trump Jr. and his son are familiar.

The Kremlin, commenting on the meeting of a Russian lawyer with the son of a presidential candidate, said that he knew nothing about it. The White House, in turn, was told that they did not see anything "inappropriate" in the meeting, and advised the media to pay less attention to "relations with Russia."

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Trump and Macron called for cooperation with Russia in spite of disagreements

Disagreements should not interfere with the dialogue with Russia, said the American and French presidents during a press conference in Paris. Donald Trump also commented on his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer
Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump

Cooperation with Russia is necessary, despite disagreements. To this conclusion came the presidents of the United States and France Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron during a joint press conference in Paris. The French leader stressed that relations with Moscow are "important" in conditions of instability in the Middle East and the growth of the terrorist threat.

The American president drew attention to the benefits of bilateral meetings with his Russian counterpart. Trump cited the example of talks with President Vladimir Putin on the margins of the G20 summit, which was held on July 7-8. According to the US president, it was thanks to this meeting that we managed to agree on a cease-fire in south-west Syria, Trump said.

The ceasefire came into force on Sunday, July 9, but violations were already recorded, in particular - repeated mortar and artillery shelling of the opposition "Free Syrian Army" positions, the Syrian human rights organization Center for Documenting Violations reports.

Trump also commented on his son's meeting with Russian lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya, which took place in June 2016, and caused a stir in both the US and their redistribution. According to Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. acted as any other would have done in his place, given the interest in the identity of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate. Earlier Trump had said the same thing  in an interview with Reuters  in an attempt to justify the actions of his son.

At the same time, during a press conference with Macron, Trump called his son "a wonderful young man" who met with a Russian private rather than a state lawyer. This is "normal" for politics, since this activity is not "the most enjoyable" activity in general, stressed the US president.

On July 9, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump Jr., along with the son-in-law of the US president and his senior adviser Jared Kushner, as well as the head of the Trump senior campaign, Paul Manafort, met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who, To disclose to him the dirt on the candidate for presidency from the Democratic Party Hillary Clinton. The meeting with Veselnitskaya became known after the son-in-law of the US president and his senior adviser Jared Kushner sent to specialized agencies a request for access to classified information, in which he disclosed the names of foreigners he met recently.

The son of the American president confirmed to The New York Times that the meeting in the New York skyscraper Trump Tower really took place. In an interview with Fox News, he called the meeting "a waste of time," before opening a public correspondence with music critic Robert Goldstone, who linked Trump Jr. with Veselnitskaya.

On July 13, the American president, together with his wife Melanie Trump, arrived in Paris to negotiate with the French leader to discuss bilateral relations and international challenges. July 14 Trump will participate in the celebration of the Bastille Day.

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In the United States have launched a new sample green card

International same day the US Citizenship and Immigration released a new green card, according to the radio station Voice of America.

We continue to "take an active role in combating the threat of fraud and falsification of documents", - quotes the radio message service. According to Voice of America, in new green cards to change the schedule, they will no longer be the owner of the signature, and his photo will be printed on both sides.

Sample Green Card (USA)


Also among the features of the new green card - "unique graphics", and color palette as well as holographic images. In addition, the documents shows the Statue of Liberty predominantly in green, the report says.

According to the post on the site of citizenship and Immigration Services, the documents of both new and old model are valid until the end of their period of validity. Rules for issuing documents remain the same, the report says.

Some green cards and documents - work permit renewed automatically and does not have an expiration date, these cards also remain dis ity noted in the service. At the same time the owners of such cards can replace them with a new sample documents. "Replacing the card will reduce the likelihood of fraud or rigging, if the card is lost or stolen," - said in the service.

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Trump's family history. ( Full documentry)

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