WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki Finland on Sunday for the much-awaited summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Trump said he ‘hadn’t thought’ of asking Putin to turn over the Russian spies who were indicted for election meddling.
- Putin claimed he has no knowledge of the Russian agents’ actions which National security adviser John Bolton found “hard to believe.”
President Donald Trump said he ‘hadn’t thought’ of asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn over the 12 Russian intelligence officials who have been charged with getting into the Democratic National Committee’s servers. The act helped the Russians in effectively interfering with the 2016 US presidential election by stealing emails and documents that were later disseminated publicly.
“I hadn’t thought of that,” Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor in an interview that aired Sunday. “But certainly I’ll be asking about it.”
The full interview will air on Monday, according to CBS News.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki, Finland, for his much-awaited meeting with Putin. The sit-down will not include any other US officials.
It was reported that Putin was not aware of what the Russian agents were up to. Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton was not buying it.
“I find it hard to believe. But that’s what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the President can see eye to eye with President Putin and ask him about it,” Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week.”
The problem, however, is that the U.S. and Russia do not have an extradition treaty.
“It’s pretty silly for the President to demand something that he can’t get legally,” Bolton added.
After the indictment, many Democrats called on the president to cancel the Putin summit. But Trump was firm that it wouldn’t hurt to have the summit even though he admitted that he’s going in with “very low expectations.”