"It was stated clearly by our side that the Russian state hasn't interfered with the US domestic politics, moreover hasn't interfered in the 2016 election", a Kremlin representative said. "You can only ask so many times", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One then after interacting with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
After Trump and Putin met briefly in Vietnam in November 2017, Trump was criticized in the United States for saying he believed Putin when he denied Russian meddling.
"I think the problem for any European leader is (that) you just don't know what the response is going to be when you need America's help", he said.
"I'll talk to him about everything".
Talking to reporters in Washington yesterday, Trump refused to reaffirm the long-standing USA opposition to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.
Trump gave a similar answer when asked whether he would consider lifting USA sanctions on Russian Federation which were imposed over the annexation. We'll be talking about elections.
The tweet reopened the question of whether Trump would broach the issue with Putin during their highly anticipated summit next month in Helsinki.
Trump said Sunday that he's "going to mention" Russian meddling in US elections during his July 16 meeting with Putin, and that the political fighting over the investigation into Russian interference is bad for the country.
Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom the U.S. and its Western allies accuse of using chemical weapons against civilians, has been one of the main flashpoints in the tense relationship between Washington and the Kremlin.
Other contentious issues are also likely to come up in the meeting, which will mark the third time the two presidents meet but their first official summit.
"The election meddling issue was definitely something we talked about", Bolton told CBS's "Face the Nation". Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is probing whether Trump campaign officials participated in the Russian interference. The president also suggested that Russian Federation, which was kicked out of the group after it annexed Crimea in 2014, be invited back into the organization.
A Cabinet minister said they worry Trump would want to burnish his deal-maker credentials by outlining a plan to reduce military presence around Europe's Eastern boundaries. "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying".
"That's not the position of the United States". So I'm glad the president is going to confront Putin.
Peskov also said Putin was ready to move towards normalising ties with the United States in proportion to USA willingness to do the same.