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Trump will 'absolutely' ask Putin about US election meddling

ANI  |  London [UK] 

Ahead of his meeting with Russian on July 16, on Friday said that he will "absolutely" ask his Russian counterpart about Moscow's alleged involvement in the US

Trump will hold his first summit with Putin in on Monday after meeting with NATO allies.

He said he does not have huge expectations for resolving key disputes between the two countries and would instead focus on building a relationship with the Russian leader, reported

"I will absolutely bring that up," Trump said of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it. You got me!' There won't be Perry Mason here, I don't think. But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question," he added.

Speaking at a press conference alongside British Theresa May, Trump seemed reluctant on a question of whether the US and could realistically build a stronger alliance given Moscow's intervention in

Replying to that, Trump blamed former US for not doing enough at the time to respond to the crisis.

"This was an Obama disaster. I think if I were president then, he would not have taken over Crimea," he said.

had earlier denied meddling in the US election campaign and Trump called Robert Mueller's probe on the Russian interference a "political witch hunt".

Trump and his wife are on a four-day trip to the UK.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 00:50 IST