Trump Says He Will Ask Putin About 2016 Election Meddling During Helsinki Summit Next Week

FILE – In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, center, talk during the group photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam. The White House has confirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump invited Russia’s Vladimir Putin to Washington. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monda, APril 2, 2018 that the White House was among “a number of potential venues” Putin and Trump discussed during a March 20 telephone conversation. (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP, File)

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he would raise Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election when he sits down with President Vladimir Putin next week but suggested not much will come of it because the Kremlin leader will just continue to contest it.

“Look, he may. What am I going to do? He may deny it,” Trump said during a surprise news conference at NATO headquarters. “All I can do is say, ‘Did you?’ And, ‘Don’t do it again.’ But he may deny it. You’ll be the first to know.”

Trump will attend a summit in Helsinki on Monday with Putin, whom he referred to again as a “competitor.”

“Somebody was saying, ‘Is he an enemy?’ He’s not my enemy. ‘Is he your friend?’ No, I don’t know him very much,” Trump told reporters. “Hopefully, someday, he’ll be a friend. It could happen.”

Along with the election interference, which is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller along with any ties to the Trump campaign, the president said he would discuss the conflict in Syria, Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and arms control issues.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Mark Moore