"If we can do something to substantially reduce them, I mean, ideally get rid of them, maybe that's a dream, but certainly it's a subject that I'll be bringing up with him", Trump said of his upcoming meeting with Putin.
Earlier Friday, Trump said he would question Putin about Russian election meddling when the two meet in Helsinki.
Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show "Vesti Nedeli", said Moscow had seen how Trump had received other leaders on home soil, showing footage of Trump holding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand in a vice-like grip, brushing dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron's shoulder and glowering next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Trump and Putin are scheduled to hold talks Monday in Finland, a meeting largely sought by Trump.
Let's also remember the timing of Trump's very public plea to the Russians to hack Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller "further away" 5 takeaways from wild hearing with controversial Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Zealous Dems fail to hear out Trump's constitutional rights MORE and her campaign and find the 30,000 personal emails she was not required to disclose. They also allegedly hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an operation starting around March 2016.
May's office said it would not comment on The Sun article during a greeting with Trump and May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to review a military exercise.
"We want to find out about Syria".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment at a news conference on Friday. He also said about China, "China is going to be, I think, very successfully, ultimately, taken care of". But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess.
Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations". He added, "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?"
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The president then urged reporters to listen to a full recording of the interview, which he said would give the full picture. "I will absolutely, firmly ask the question and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with Russian Federation".
Ahead of the Helsinki meeting, Trump upended the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit by demanding that America's closest allies more rapidly increase their defence spending, insinuating the United States might otherwise withdraw from the bloc.
So far, Republicans have not called on Trump to cancel the meeting.
The indictment says the GRU slowly gathered the stolen data and gradually drew its plans to leak it to the public, presumably through Wikileaks, identified in the indictment as "a website maintained by an organization that had previously posted documents stolen from US persons, entities, and the USA government". Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN.
Trump's GOP defenders argue it is not what he says, but what he does, that counts most when dealing with Moscow. "He obviously likes me and says very good things about me", he added.
In early June, the Times reported that some of the ministers in the United Kingdom cabinet were nearly in a state of panic over the meeting between Trump and Putin.
Trump pointed to the texts to label the ongoing investigation a "rigged witch hunt", and said the probe "really hurts our country and it really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation".