Fresh off a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that saw history-making images plastered on screens around the globe, President Trump is zeroing in on another headline-making summit — one with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
National security adviser John Bolton is heading to Moscow next week to discuss a potential meeting between the two leaders.
A summit could provide the opportunity to push Putin on his misdeeds: the invasion of Ukraine, support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, the poisoning of an ex-spy in England and interference in U.S. and other Western elections.
“There’s no point in having a summit unless you’re going to stand up to Putin,” said Nile Gardiner, director of the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom.
But it’s not clear Trump is looking for a confrontational summit with the Russian leader.
Trump has frequently talked of how it would be a good thing if he could improve relations with Russia, despite all the difficulties Moscow has caused previous administrations.