Huntsman prepares senators' visit to Moscow, media reports
President Trump is expected to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month while he is in Europe for a NATO summit, according to a senior administration official and two diplomats familiar with his schedule. In a nod to those plans, Trump told reporters on Friday that “it’s possible” he would meet with Putin this summer, The Washington Post reports.
Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is arranging for a delegation of Republican senators to visit Moscow, ending a long dry spell of congressional trips to the country following the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
The push for engagement with the Kremlin follows months of prodding by Trump, who has faced resistance from senior political aides and diplomats questioning the value of meeting with Putin and worry that the tête-à-tête could cast a shadow over the NATO summit in Brussels.