Top aides to President Trump are worried what Trump will say during his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when the two leaders meet at the upcoming G-20 summit.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that top aides to Trump are worried the president is “unwittingly” allying himself with Putin and that the two leaders will bond over their distrust of the media. Experts say that would be disastrous for Trump’s administration.

“You don’t want to come out of there saying, ‘We’re friends, and the enemy is the deep state and the media,’” former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told the Times.

“If it were somebody else other than Trump, you could imagine a tough conversation about Ukraine and election meddling, but that’s probably too optimistic,” he continued.

“Politics does constrain, I think, the parameters of the possible for any kind of major breakthrough.”

One former ambassador to Ukraine told the Times that a “cloud” of Russian collusion accusations hangs over the White House ahead of the meeting.

“There’s a fair amount of nervousness in the White House and at the State Department about this meeting and how they manage it because they see a lot of potential risks,” Steven Pifer said.

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SOURCE: The Hill, John Bowden

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