Raised Russian Meddling In 2016 US Election With Putin: John Bolton

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"We don't want anyone tampering with elections", Trump said, promising Russia's interference in USA elections will be on the summit's agenda.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton on Sunday would not commit, one way or the other, on President Donald Trump's comments that "we're going to have to see" if the United States eventually recognizes Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Trump had previously stated that he believed Vladimir Putin when he previously told him that Russian Federation had not meddled in the election.

It's not President Barack Obama's fault that Russian Federation invaded and took Crimea away from Ukraine, Sen.

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Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation by the United States in response, and its military intervention in the war in Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad are major causes of strain in the two countries' relations.

"I don't think anybody ought to have a case of the vapors".

Although U.S. intelligence officials have stated unequivocally that Russian agents sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, Trump has continued to cast doubt on those conclusions.

"I don't read the way he conducted these meetings the same way", Bolton told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

"And what President Putin said--through a translator of course, but what he said was there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state", he added.

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Last week, Trump suggested in a tweet that he believed Putin's denials.

Appearing on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Bolton said he raised the issue of election meddling directly with Putin during a meeting on Wednesday and expressed US concerns about "what they're doing in the 2018 election".

Trump's refusal to reaffirm the long-standing United States opposition to Russia's intervention in Ukraine will dismay European allies ahead of next month's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. "We have to deal with Russian Federation".

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to New Jersey, Trump also said he would discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and other worldwide issues with Putin during the July 16 summit.

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