The White House said in its statement that the two leaders will discuss relations between the two nations and a range of national security issues.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. I think we'll be talking about many other subjects.
Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland.
But coincidence or not, the twin events of Thursday morning serve as a very important reminder: Donald Trump (still) appears to not believe that Russian Federation not only actively interfered in the 2016 election but did so with the express goal of helping Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton.
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The president once again vouched for Putin's denial of election interference, which US intelligence and law enforcement widely agree Russian Federation engaged in to assist Trump over longtime Putin rival Hillary Clinton, and then lashed out against special counsel Robert Mueller. Ukraine matters more to Russia, which wants its recognition of Crimea (Russia illegally annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014) as part of the Russian Federation, sanctions relief, and the Minsk accord to favor Russian interests over Kiev's.
Nonetheless, July is clearly their anniversary month and will likely make official for the rest of the world Trump's ushering in of European conservatism to take control over more of our freedoms that have already been limited since the 2016 election.
But on Wednesday, Bolton came off as broadly supportive of a meeting between Putin and Trump, and praised the Russian leaders' courtesy and respect at the meeting. The news has everyone talking about what the two will discuss and what impact the meeting might have on key US foreign policy issues.
There are also concerns that Mr Trump could refuse to sign a joint communique at the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gathering - something he did at the G7 meeting of world leaders this month - and attack allies for not spending more on defence.
Putin will want Trump to say he's ready to move the relationship on, without anything in return.
No matter what - if anything - comes of the meeting (which was called for by Putin), we can be sure that Trump will claim it as a victory, possibly of historic proportions. "We hope it will play a very important role in helping begin the normalization of Russia-US ties".
"The president is pursuing this meeting in the interest of America's national security to determine whether Russian Federation is willing to make progress in our relationship", White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters told reporters aboard Air Force One. Trump, meanwhile, said in November that he believed Putin's denial after their second meeting. "We ignored this", the source of the newspaper said. "I suggest taking quite a pragmatic and realistic view of these meetings".