US President-elect Donald Trump won’t be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on his first international trip after being sworn in, says a top aide.
Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, said Saturday that Trump had no plans to meet the Russian head of state and media reports about such a meeting were “100 percent false.”
British newspaper, The Sunday Times, reported Saturday that Trump was planning to hold a summit with Putin within weeks of his inauguration on January 20.
The report even claimed that Trump had chosen Iceland’s Reykjavik for the meeting in order to emulate former US President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War deal-making with former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Trump was going to discuss nuclear disarmament with Putin but did not want to meet him in Russia, the Times added.
“Not true- 100 percent false,” Spicer said in a tweet.