Trump told reporters aboard the Air Force One that he had planned to discuss Ukraine, Syria and the Crimea as well as petty blending when he said next month he could meet in a Finnish summit with the Russian president in Helsinki help defuse tensions between Moscow and Washington.
"We're going to talk about elections, we do not want anyone messing with elections," Trump said. The President has repeatedly minimized the conclusion of US intelligence that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections to help him.
He tweeted on Thursday: "Russia goes on to say they have nothing to do with Meddling in our election!" And he called the FBI investigation of possible Russian coordination with his campaign a "witch hunt" to delegitimize his presidency.
Trump was noncommittal if he lifted the sanctions imposed on Russia and told reporters: "We will see what Russia is doing, we will talk with Russia about many things, we will talk about Syria with them, we will join them We could even talk about some of the things that President Obama lost, like the Crimea. "
When asked if the US could recognize Crimea as part of Russia, he said," We have to see "And then said that the situation was" unfortunately "treated by his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
Trump has previously suggested that Russia should allow the return to the group of seven – formerly eight – economic powers. Putin was expelled from the international group in 2014 after Russia transferred troops to eastern Ukraine and annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea. The leaders of the other G7 nations – Britain, Canada, Italy, France, Germany and Japan – have all made it clear that Russia is not welcome until it returns the Crimea to Ukraine.
The Obama administration, together with the European Union and individual Allied countries imposed sanctions against Russia over the Crimea, and even members of the Trump Cabinet have said that they will not be lifted until the situation is resolved.
During the flight to his golf resort in New Jersey on Friday, Trump was also asked to test the NATO summit in Brussels next month. He reiterated his plans to persuade NATO colleagues to spend more of their budget on defense.
"Germany has to spend more money," he said. "Spain, France, it's unfair what they did to the United States."
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