President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would raise Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election when he sits down with President Vladimir Putin next week but suggested not much will come of it because the Kremlin leader will just continue to contest it.
“Look, he may. What am I going to do? He may deny it,” Trump said during a surprise news conference at NATO headquarters. “All I can do is say, ‘Did you?’ And, ‘Don’t do it again.’ But he may deny it. You’ll be the first to know.”
Trump will attend a summit in Helsinki on Monday with Putin, whom he referred to again as a “competitor.”
“Somebody was saying, ‘Is he an enemy?’ He’s not my enemy. ‘Is he your friend?’ No, I don’t know him very much,” Trump told reporters. “Hopefully, someday, he’ll be a friend. It could happen.”
Along with the election interference, which is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller along with any ties to the Trump campaign, the president said he would discuss the conflict in Syria, Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and arms control issues.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Mark Moore