PRESIDENT Donald Trump said Friday he plans to bring up Russian election meddling during his upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin, part of a wide-ranging list of topics that could include sanctions and the status of Crimea.
Trump said that he planned to discuss Ukraine, Syria and Crimea as well as election interference when he meets with the Russian president in Helsinki, Finland, next month in a summit he said could help defuse tensions between Moscow and Washington.
He tweeted Thursday, “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” And he has called the FBI’s investigation into potential Russian coordination with his campaign a “witch hunt” designed to delegitimize his presidency.
Trump was noncommittal when asked if he might lift sanctions imposed on Russia, telling reporters: “We’ll see what Russia does. We’re going to be talking to Russia about a lot of things. We’re going to be talking to them about Syria, we’re going to be talking to them about Ukraine. We might even be talking about some of the things President Obama lost, like Crimea, that could come up.”