U.S. Officials Say Trump Will Meet Putin Next Week in Germany

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An official White House statement has confirm Trump’s meeting with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in the upcoming week in Germany, which will be their first face-to-face meeting since U.S. intelligence has found Russian meddling on U.S. 2016 election.

In a press conference Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s national security adviser, and Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic aide refused to answer on questions whether Trump will raise the issue on the discussion with Putin that Russian interference on last year U.S. election campaigns​ for president. McMaster also declined to answer what Trump hopes Putin would do on building trust between Moscow and Washington.

Pointing the issue McMaster said “There’s no specific agenda.” “We don’t have an agenda set up,” Cohn agreed, adding that the White House was “still finalizing schedules” for Trump’s travel next week.

The General said “Our relationship with Russia is not different from any other country in terms of us communicating to them what our concerns are, where we see problems in the relationship but also opportunities.”

In the meantime, McMaster said, Trump enlisted tasks to find paths to “confront Russia’s destabilizing behavior” including “political subversion here, in Europe and elsewhere.”

The meeting will held in the sideline on G20 summit Hamburg, Germany. The travel also includes plans to meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

McMaster said Trump is looking to “foster areas of cooperation,” adding that Russia and USA could work together to defeat ISIS, battle transnational terrorism, rein in North Korea and  end the Syrian civil war.