Trump will press Putin on election meddling denials

Leroy Wright
July 5, 2018

National Security Adviser Ambassador John Bolton said the July 16 meeting would be "just the two of them" and would offer the chance to discuss Syria at length, along with "a whole range of issues". Although it remains unknown when and where, both sides have confirmed that the meeting will take place.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Putin on July 16, several days after he stops in Brussels for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

He said Mr Putin said: "There was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state".

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday", Bolton said the summit would be "somewhat unstructured", especially during the leaders' one-on-one time, to avoid "the pressure of immediate deadlines or crises". -Russian dialogue, Moscow said on Monday, while adding that it was "too early" to speak of a thaw in relations. Trump also suggested he would bring up the matter as part of his discussion with Putin.

'We don't want anybody tampering with elections, ' he said.

"I think it's going to go very quickly".

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While his national security team has urged him to maintain the USA troop presence, some US national security officials are concerned that the president may be willing to make them part of the negotiation with Putin. Still wary, Bolton said the following.

Crimea opted to split from Kiev and re-unite with Russian Federation during a referendum in March 2014 following months-long unrest and a coup in Ukraine. "So, the question is, is the President making concessions to Putin before the two men even sit down?"

As previously reported, the US President, Donald trump did not give a clear answer on whether the United States in the future to recognize annexed Crimea a part of Russian Federation. President Trump's position on Crimea remains unclear, considering he alleged that former president Barack Obama was to blame for it, as the Inquisitr reported.

Bolton said there was a need for a direct meeting with Putin, "especially given the Russian system where Putin essentially calls the shots".

The announcement of the meeting had followed after President Putin met US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was in Moscow this week to lay the groundwork for the summit. Bolton, without directly addressing the president's comment, said that was "not the position of the United States". The Conversation once described him as "one of the key figures of neoconservatism", and Bolton has infamously been an outspoken critic of global institutions and treaties.

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