President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their first face-to-face meeting in more than two weeks in Russia, with Trump vowing to lift economic sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and Putin vowing that Russia would never use nuclear weapons.
Trump has already met with Russian President Vladimir Putin twice, in February and March, and Putin has also been in touch with Trump several times over the past two months.
The White House said on Thursday that Trump is expected to meet Putin in Russia for the first time, at a joint news conference with Putin at the Kremlin on Friday.
“President Trump will meet President Putin on Friday, in his first public meeting with him, in the presence of Russian President Putin,” the White House added.
Trump and Putin have been at odds over Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. election and allegations that Russia sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Trump, who was inaugurated to a historic second term on January 20, said during his inauguration speech that he would “make it very, very clear” to Putin that he had “zero tolerance” for Russia’s interference.
“We need to get to the bottom of this.
We need to find out who was doing it, where they were going, and we need to punish them,” Trump said.
In his inaugural address, Trump promised to fight against corruption, the “fraud” of the “unspeakable” “Russian Mafia,” and the “chaos” in the Middle East, including “terrorism and a disastrous refugee crisis.”
Trump also said he would work with Russia to fight global warming, a claim Putin has dismissed as a “ridiculous hoax.”
Putin has repeatedly denied any meddling in his country’s election, saying the U