According to The Sunday Times reported late Saturday, Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president is expected to be a visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The U.K. newspaper said Trump and his team told British officials that their first foreign trip would be a summit in Iceland with Putin within weeks of his inauguration.
The plan is likely a nod to Ronald Reagan’s Cold War visit in Reykjavik with Mikhail Gorbachev, the newspaper noted.
Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the report “100 percent false” on Twitter.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 15, 2017
The Hill reports,
The Times has reported that Trump wants to discuss nuclear disarmament with Putin, citing sources who said Trump wants to meet Putin outside of Russia and that Reykjavik was a strong contender.
The meeting had not been announced by Trump team officials or Russian officials, and reports say Iceland has not been formally contacted about such an event.
Trump’s relationship with Putin has been the subject of controversy following U.S. intelligence reports that Russia interfered in the election to help the businessman.
Trump has asserted he won without the help of Russia, but has recently acknowledged he thinks they were behind hacks that targeted the Democratic National Committee.
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