One person close to the president said Trump spent the weekend “growling” over Friday’s indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers, who were indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office for their roles in hacking the DNC and attempting to access and disseminate stolen voter registration information.
The source said Trump worried the indictments could hurt him politically, however, another official told the Post that Trump planned on addressing the indictments with Putin during their one-on-one meeting on Monday.
The unnamed official said Trump was more excited to sit down with Putin than he was before last week’s NATO conference, where Trump blasted allies and accused NATO of cheating the United States.
Trump “loved the summit with Kim Jong Un” last month in Singapore, the official recalled. “He thinks he can sit down eye to eye with these guys, flatter them and make a deal.”
Trump’s national security team, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, had urged the president to be tough with Putin, sources said.
Incredibly poor leadership. Another fail. For a guy whose claim was, America first or make America great again got predictably soft when it came to face to face with Russia (Putin). Trump is no President. He’s no leader. He’s an epic failure. @GOP @WhiteHouse
— Esham Abdul Giles ®™ (@EshamAbdul) July 17, 2018
Trump’s remarks defending Putin were widely condemned as treasonous.