Trump fails to rule out accepting Russian claim on Crimea

Trump’s big mistake in meeting Putin and other commentary

Trump’s big mistake in meeting Putin and other commentary

"I'm concerned when the president tweets, you know, 'Russia denies they meddled in our election, ' " Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press", adding: "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying".

Bolton said Trump often uses "we'll see" to show "that he's willing to talk to foreign leaders about a range of issues and hear their perspective".

When asked what Trump wants from the upcoming meeting with Putin, Bolton said "the president has very much in mind, he wants to understand the Russian position and perhaps more importantly he wants Vladimir Putin to understand our positions".

Bolton said he discussed concerns about Russian meddling in the US elections with Putin during his visit to Moscow on Wednesday, citing activities targeting congressional elections coming up in November as well as the 2016 presidential contest.

"In a statement issue earlier this week, Kremlin had said, "(The) two leaders will discuss the current state and prospects of further development of the Russian-US relations and also vital issues of the global agenda". Asked if the U.S. would recognize Russia's claim on Crimea, he said: "We're going to have to see". "That's not the position of the United States", he told CBS on July 1. "As the United States will try to maintain its hegemony and primacy with all its might, there can be no question of any constructive relationship in Russian-U.S. relations", Suslov said.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.

"What trouble did we cause?" he asked. "We'll be talking about elections ... we don't want anybody tampering with elections", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.

The Helsinki summit will mark the first formal one-on-one meeting between the two leaders since Trump took office, though the two met during an aside at last year's G-20 summit and have spoken at an APEC summit.

"I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors". "That's why the president is going to talk to him about it again". This view has been rejected by the US, with intelligence agencies concluding in a 2017 assessment that the meddling effort was ordered by Putin himself.

The July 16 US-Russia summit in Helsinki could reset a relationship dogged by decades of risky rivalry.

Bolton, who previously served in the George W. Bush administration, has been a longtime critic of Pyongyang and its nuclear intentions, leading to North Korea's state media to denounce him as 'human scum'. The day before, he said they would discuss Syria, Ukraine and "many other subjects".

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