Kremlin official backs Trump into a corner on Putin meeting as Mueller encircles president
A defiant Russian official said the country will not “beg” President Donald Trump for a meeting, Bloomberg News reports.
“We won’t beg the American side or impose ourselves,” Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov reportedly said Tuesday. “Now it all depends on the Americans.”
In the wake of his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen pleading guilty to lying about business contacts with Russia on Trump’s behalf, the president canceled his plans to meet privately with Putin at last week’s G20 Summit in Argentina. Trump cited Russian aggression toward Ukraine for the cancelation.
Russian president Vladimir Putin still wanted to meet with his Trump, but after being rebuffed “it’s up to Washington to make the first move,” Bloomberg reported.
“I would underline that there’s no offense taken, just regret,” Ushakov said.
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