President Donald Trump revealed that he will confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over interference in the 2016 presidential election, during an impromptu press conference at the NATO summit in Brussels Thursday.
“All I can do is say “did you and don’t do it again.” He may deny it. You will be the first to know, okay?,” Trump said at the press conference. The president continued that he will also discuss the Syrian civil war, the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and a nuclear arms race with Putin at the summit.
Trump said his meeting with Putin likely won’t take long but his agenda is:
—“find out about Syria”
—ask the media’s “favorite question” about whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election
—work toward goal of no more nuclear weapons anywhere.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 12, 2018
Trump will come to the summit on the heels of a whirlwind trip to the annual NATO summit and a working visit to the U.K. The president declared victory at the NATO summit saying the alliance agreed to increase its GDP spending on defense after pressing them repeatedly.
Trump is also expected to discuss Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula saying he blamed former President Barack Obama for letting it go and not ruling out relaxing sanctions in exchange for a deal.