Secretary of State Mike Pompeo isn't certain when the meeting between President Trump and Putin will happen, but he thinks it will be soon.
The White House hasn't said much in terms of a specific date the two leaders will meet, just that the meeting is being worked out. With Bolton traveling to Russia, the ball is definitely rolling. The two leaders certainly have a lot to talk about, with the still ongoing investigation into Russian collusion, and the accusations of Russia meddling with the elections.
As reported by cbsnews.com
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that President Trump is "likely" to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the "not too distant future" and national security adviser John Bolton will head to Moscow in the next few days.
While still uncertain, it's a more definitive statement than the White House has offered lately, amid questions of whether the two leaders will hold a summit. Pompeo made the comment to MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt in a Friday interview released Saturday.
"I don't know what the president's schedule is going to be," Pompeo said. "I know Ambassador Bolton's planning to travel to Moscow on Sunday or Monday. He'll be meeting with his counterpart, and I think it's likely that President Trump will be meeting with his counterpart in the not-too-distant future following that meeting."
Pompeo said he has spoken with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov since becoming secretary of state earlier this year.
"I don't know if I'll be heading to Moscow," Pompeo said. "I'll meet with my Russian counterpart somewhere, I'm sure. I've spoken to Sergey Lavrov a couple of times already as the Secretary of State. Good conversations, each of us expressing our displeasure with each other for various things, all the while making sure that the things that matter most to America, right – you can't mess around in American elections."
Trump received a lot of criticism lately when he suggest Russia be added back to the group at G7. Trump explained that when discussing a group like Russia, it is better t have them at the table to negotiate on their own behalf.
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