White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is insisting that President Donald Trump canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and not the federal investigation into Russian interference in Trump’s election.
While Sanders says the inquiry has damaged U.S.-Russia relations, she reiterates that “the reason for our canceled meeting is Ukraine.” She says hopefully the situation will be resolved “soon so that productive conversations can begin.”
Trump tweeted Thursday that he canceled the meeting over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships and sailors. He announced the cancellation shortly after his former lawyer pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump real estate project in Moscow.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called the cancellation a missed opportunity, saying “love can’t be forced.” (AP)