Trump has previously blamed the annexation of Crimea on former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump no longer talks a lot about the stock market. "It was stated clearly by our side that the Russian state hasn't interfered with the US domestic politics, moreover hasn't interfered in the 2016 election", a Kremlin representative said.
The July 16 US-Russia summit in Helsinki could reset a relationship dogged by decades of risky rivalry.
Asked by reporters whether he was considering - as has been reported - dropping Washington's opposition to the 2014 land grab, Trump said: "We're going to have to see". We don't want anybody tampering with elections.
Bolton also said he discussed Russia's annexation of Crimea with Putin and his aides during a 90-minute meeting.
At a press conference on Wednesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters he expected that the Russian meddling in USA politics also to be discussed at the summit.
Wallace brought up concerns from world leaders and said there's the impression Trump "seemed to be tougher on our allies at the G7 than he was on an adversary like Kim", and some leaders are anxious about what could happen if Trump criticizes North Atlantic Treaty Organisation this week and then "goes and praises Putin". In his Fox interview, the president again railed against the Mueller investigation, saying it played into Moscow's hands. "We might even be talking about some of the things President Obama lost, like Crimea, that could come up".
Trump blasts OPEC over manipulating oil markets
The Iranian state TV broadcast his remarks. "We want to work with these countries to build a strong global effort", he said. The growing importance of USA oil production is likely changing how OPEC producers think about responding to rising prices.
Trump's praise of Putin as a strong leader and his stated desire to forge better relations with Russian Federation are of concern to critics.
"In my meeting with President Putin, he was very kind to go through the whole list of items on his agenda", Bolton said.
"No one knows what will make the trump when he's in the room with Putin".
Trump has previously suggested Russian Federation should be allowed to return to the Group of Seven - formerly Eight - economic powers. He has denied multiple times any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.
Since coming to power a year ago, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin amid tensions between Moscow and the West.
Zakaria noted that the location of the Trump-Putin meeting is "an interesting choice", given that the historic Helsinki Accords was signed there.
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