The White House has announced on Wednesday that President Trump has decided to postpone his plan to meet with Russian President Vladimir in the fall.
National security adviser John Bolton said in a statement the next one-on-one meeting between the two leaders will be “after the first of the year” and following the conclusion of the “Russia witch hunt.”
“The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” Bolton said.
Mueller has given no indication when his investigation of Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Moscow will conclude.
The White House announced last week that Trump had invited Putin to Washington this coming fall.
Putin appeared hesitant to accept Trump’s invitation, with Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov saying on Tuesday that “there are other options [to meet] which our leaders can look at,” including the G-20 summit in Argentina this November.
“After the [Helsinki] summit you know what kind of atmosphere there is around its outcome,” Ushakov said, according to Reuters. “I think it would be wise to let the dust settle and then we can discuss all these questions in a business-like way. But not now.”