"If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".
Among the Twitter reactions: Top Democrats are demanding that Trump call off the Putin summit - and not always in the most pleasant language. "He is not a friend of the United States and the president should have never taken this meeting to begin with".
Speaking at Chequers Friday at the official country residence of the prime minister, Trump said he also would bring up Ukraine, Syria, the Middle East, and nuclear proliferation when he meets with Putin. The allegation was part of new charges Rosenstein announced against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.
Mr. Perez said the "chilling" reality is that the Russian officials indicted had access to the highest levels of the Russian government. "The American people deserve to know the truth and the special counsel's investigation is doing just that".
"Will we be talking about meddling?"
"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".
"I will absolutely, firmly ask the question" about interference in the US election, Trump said at a news conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, her country estate.
Trump said Friday that he'll bring up the election interference he speaks with Putin, but that he doesn't expect an answer.
'I think that really hurts our country and it really hurts our relations with Russia, ' Trump said. @POTUS shouldn't meet Putin until he accepts responsibility.
But less than three hours later, the California Democrat joined the chorus of party members calling for the meeting to be canceled.
Based on his track record, some Democrats said they weren't sure whether Trump should be trusted to hold talks with Putin. It really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation.
Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent out a statement shortly after, saying that while Trump should still attend the summit, he "must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy".