In his first interview since meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, National Security Adviser John Bolton told "Fox News Sunday" that critics are wrong to suggest President Trump has been too soft on Russia. However, Putin and Trump talked on the sidelines of the forum and adopted a joint statement on Syria. I'm concerned when the president tweets, you know, Russian Federation denies they meddled in our election.
"We don't want anyone tampering with elections", Trump said on Friday.
On June 29, Trump declined to rule out recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
He also pressed Bolton on reporting that Trump had said at the G7 that "Crimea is Russian because everyone who lives there speaks Russian". "The Constitution of the United States that does not allow him!" he said. Trump has been critical of the probe, denying any collusion and arguing that the Democrats should be investigated instead.
Trump gave a similar answer when asked whether he would consider lifting US sanctions on Russian Federation that were imposed over the annexation.
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He tweeted Thursday, "Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!". "So, the question is, is the President making concessions to Putin before the two men even sit down?"
Trump was noncommittal when asked if he might lift sanctions imposed on Russian Federation, telling reporters: "We'll see what Russian Federation does". A man-to-man meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin is the kind of encounter that United States President Donald Trump, confident of America's military and economic clout - Russia's entire GDP is less than California's - and his own deal-making ability, seems to relish. Putin, Bolton said, "was pretty clear" about Crimea, so the two had to "agree to disagree".
"I think the president often says "we'll see" to show that he's willing to talk to foreign leaders about a range of issues and hear their perspective", Bolton said. "Does it follow that the United Kingdom may Annex the United States"?
Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the United States in response, and its military intervention in the war in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad are major causes of strain in the two countries' relations.