Trump eager for big meeting with Putin; some advisers wary

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

President Trump is pushing for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month in Germany, but some members of his administration say any get together should be low key in light of the probes into the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election, according to a report on Monday.

But according to The Associated Press, some of Trump's advisers, including officials in the State Department and on the National Security Council, are not so keen on the idea and are encouraging more restraint.

Some Trump advisers recommend Trump and Putin meet during an informal "pull-aside" on the summit's sidelines or the USA and Russian delegations hold "strategic stability talks", which usually don't include the presidents, the wire service reported.

The two leaders will be attending the same event in the same place at the same time, Peskov said, so "in any case there will be a chance to meet".

Steven Pifer, a former USA ambassador to Ukraine, told the news service that if the two meet, Trump has to "say to Putin, 'We're not happy about you interfering in our election'".

"They also need to keep their expectations very, very modest", Pifer added.

But Trump is facing pushback by some in his administration who believe that in light of the current investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, "the US needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time - and interact only with great caution".

Mr Trump has only recently appeared to acknowledge that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, which reportedly was done to defeat or at least damage his opponent Hillary Clinton and elect him as president.

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