‘Putin will eat President Trump’s lunch’: Experts weigh in on how Trump should approach Putin


 

  • President Donald Trump has his first high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. 
  • The meeting comes amid crumbling relations between the two countries.
  • Experts stressed Trump must bring up Russia’s meddling in the US election.

President Donald Trump is set to meet Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany — a full, bilateral sit-down with high stakes.

The meeting will take place amid crumbling US-Russia relations, and as the president weathers multiple congressional and FBI investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign played a possible role in it.

White House aides are aware of the high-stakes nature of the meeting, which comes after former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama were unable to cultivate stronger ties with Russia.

Issues on the table for discussion include Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, Russia’s US election meddling, continued nuclear weapons threats from North Korea, the ongoing fight against the Islamic State and extremism, and the brutal Syrian civil war.

It is unclear which topics will be discussed. Trump’s homeland security adviser, Thomas Bossert, told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that an agenda had not been set, and his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, told reporters that “there’s no specific agenda.”

“It’s really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about,” McMaster said, in a statement that has drawn alarm from some national-security experts.

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