When it comes to US-Russia ties, Trump may be in a bind: CNN
CNN President Jeff Zucker has been working to shore up a relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, but the president may be facing a bind when it comes time to talk to Russian President Vladamir Putin.
While Trump has been making repeated attempts to cultivate the Russian leader, including by inviting Putin to the White House and meeting with him on May 2, he is not allowed to meet the Russian president directly, or hold any formal meetings.
Trump’s refusal to meet with Putin in person has been a major stumbling block in his efforts to reset ties with Moscow.
Trump’s efforts to mend fences with Putin, however, have not gone well.
In recent weeks, Trump has signaled that he would be open to returning to the Cold War-era Cold War posture that led to the nuclear standoff in the 1980s, when both countries deployed nuclear weapons to each other.
But Trump has not indicated that he will allow the two leaders to meet in person.
Instead, Trump is pushing for an informal summit that could be held in the coming months.
During his Oval Office meeting with Putin on May 6, Trump reiterated his desire to move forward on his goal of ending the “frozen conflict” between the two countries.
“We are very close,” Trump said.
“I think we are very, very close.”
The Trump administration has said that a meeting with the Russian foreign minister would be a “positive step forward” in their relationship.
But Trump’s team has not yet announced any formal proposal to hold the summit.
“The White House is looking forward to the opportunity to have a discussion on the best way forward with President Putin,” a White House official told CNN.
In the past, Putin has refused to meet Trump, and it was not until Trump made overtures toward Russia that the Kremlin backed down from the frozen war.
In April, Trump held a bilateral meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which the two sides signed a joint statement, calling for “a political process in Russia to put the peace and stability of the world back on track.”