President Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will on Saturday have their first official contact — a much anticipate talk about future relations between two world powers with a complicate history, including recent reports that Putin and Russia tried to influence the 2016 White House race for Trump.
A senior White House aide told Fox News that Trump and Putin are likely to discuss the sanctions that Trump’s predecessor, President Obama, imposed on Russia for annexing Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula in 2014.
The annexation was widely considered an act of aggression toward neighboring Ukraine’s effort to have a more democratic government.
Even the possibility of Trump lifting the sanctions has brought widespread concern, and criticism, from Washington Democrats and Republicans and from around the world.
“For the sake of America’s national security and that of our allies, I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation … and reject such a reckless course,” Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain said in a statement. “If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.”