Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier in the day if Trump raises the issue of Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election at talks in Helsinki, Putin will be ready to once again deny it. "Everything you said about Obama and Iraq, you're going to do in Syria".
Speaking to reporters aboard the Air Force One, Trump, who is off to New Jersey for the weekend, said, "We don't want anyone tampering with elections".
According to Bolton, when he met with the Russian president, the latter had pledged that Russia never meddled with the United States presidential elections. Though Trump and Putin often speak warmly of each other, their countries are increasingly at odds when it comes to issues like foreign policy and meddling in the 2016 USA election.
The US President further said Russia's interference in Ukraine and its role in the Syrian civil war would be other key issues for discussion with Putin on July 16, The Hill reported.
Bolton said that was different from the Russians saying there was no meddling at all.
'I don't read the way he conducted these meetings the same way, ' Bolton said. This week, he tweeted: 'Russia continues to say they have nothing to do with meddling in our election.' And the Pentagon is reportedly studying pulling troops out of Germany. Kremlin officials also said the allegations are an attempt by United States politicians to distract from domestic problems and an effort by the USA media to demonize Russian Federation.More news: Anthony Kennedy: US supreme court justice to retire
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Trump denies wrongdoing and calls an investigation into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation a "witch hunt".
Trump was noncommittal when asked if he might lift sanctions imposed on Russian Federation, telling reporters: "We'll see what Russian Federation does".
"President Putin was pretty clear with me about it, and my response was we're going to have to agree to disagree on Ukraine", he said.
Trump gave a similar answer when asked whether he would consider lifting USA sanctions on Russian Federation that were imposed over the annexation.
Trump also suggested that scrapping sanctions on Russian Federation depended on its actions, including in Syria.
Asked if the United States would recognize Crimea as part of Russia, Trump said: "We're going to have to see".