WASHINGTON — President Trump will meet with his favorite foreign leader next week when he sits down with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a major economic summit in Germany.
The two world leaders will meet during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, their first in-person encounter since Trump won the presidency after Putin’s government helped propel his campaign and damage his opponent.
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Thursday the high-stakes meeting is one of many with world leaders scheduled for the trip, and declined to say whether Trump would address Putin’s meddling in the 2016 election during the meeting, saying Trump always addresses “irritants” with other countries as well as areas of common interest. He also said America’s relationship with Russia “really isn’t different” from others.
Trump has long praised Putin and Russia, a major break in tone from previous bipartisan consensus that viewed Putin as an adversary, and has refused to accept the widespread agreement in the intelligence community that Putin worked to help him win the White House.
With News Wire Services