John Bolton: Putin Denied in Meeting There Was Any Election Meddling by the ‘Russian State’


National Security Advisor John Bolton talked on Face the Nation this morning about his recent meeting with Vladimir Putin and the upcoming summit with President Donald Trump.

Margaret Brennan pressed him on the specifics of what Trump wants out of Putin. Bolton said that Trump will be raising issues like Syria, Ukraine, and 2016 election meddling.

At one point, Brennan brought up comments from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats about continued Russian meddling efforts and whether Bolton brought it up in his meeting with Putin.

Bolton confirmed, “The election meddling issue was definitely something we talked about.”

“And what President Putin said––through a translator of course, but what he said was there was no meddling in 2016 by the Russian state,” he added.

He called that an “interesting statement” and said it would be worth pursuing because “that’s very different from saying my view that there was no Russian meddling at all.”

Watch above, via CBS.

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