Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that he's concerned when Trump tweets that Russian Federation denies interfering in the US elections.
The president's remarks came a day after he once again cast doubt on the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow sought to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, noting in a tweet that Russian Federation still insists that it did no such thing. "That's why the president is going to speak with him about it again".
"There are a wide range of issues, despite the differences between us, where both President Trump and President Putin think they may be able to find constructive solutions", he said.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to New Jersey, Trump also said he would discuss the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and other global issues with Putin during the July 16 summit.
Trump gave a similar answer when asked whether he would consider lifting US sanctions on Russian Federation which were imposed over the annexation.More news: Syrian troops march south as United Nations warns of catastrophe
"We're going to talk about Ukraine, we're going to be talking about Syria. We don't want anybody tampering with elections", Trump said.
The Helsinki summit will be Mr. Trump's 3rd set of meetings with Putin after the G20 in Hamburg in July 2017 and the APEC Summit in Da Nang, in November 2017. Before meeting with the Russian President trump intends to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, which will be held July 11-12. We're going to be talking to Russian Federation about a lot of things.
"I'm concerned when the president tweets, you know, 'Russia denies they meddled in our election, ' " Graham said on NBC's "Meet the Press", adding: "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying". "When they say they didn't meddle, they're lying".
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said that Russia's interference in Ukraine and its role in Syria will also be on the agenda when he meets with Putin on July 16. "And I think he looks at Putin, he thinks there's a guy who controls his own parliament, doesn't have dissent, controls his media, basically has far more power than the size of his country and his economy might indicate, and he wants to be like that", Campbell told Zakaria.
Asked on Friday if the United States would recognize Crimea as part of Russia, Trump said: "We're going to have to see". That 1975 agreement was reached by the United States, Canada, and nearly every European country to solidify the post-World War II order in Europe and reduce tensions between the Western and Soviet blocs.