Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday evening denied a report that President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE would be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in his first foreign trip as president.
Spicer called the report in The Sunday Times highlighted by media outlets "100 percent false" in a tweet.
Nope, not true https://t.co/bkEqDiD7qV— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 15, 2017
The U.K. newspaper reported Saturday that Trump and his team told British officials that their first foreign trip would be a summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, with Putin within weeks of his Jan. 20 inauguration.
The report said Trump wanted to talk about nuclear disarmament with Putin and that the president-elect wanted to meet him outside Russia.
Trump has put a focus on pushing for warmer relations with Russia, and told The Wall Street Journal on Friday that he would be open to lifting sanctions on Russia if satisfied by relations.
“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” Trump said, adding he would keep the sanctions announced by President Obama in place "at least for a period of time."
Trump also indicated he would be open to meeting with Putin soon after his inauguration next week, saying, “I understand that they would like to meet, and that’s absolutely fine with me."
The moves come amid continued congressional probes involving Russian intelligence activities leading up to Trump's electoral win.
The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Friday it would launch an inquiry into Russian intelligence activities, including whether Trump's allies were in contact with the Kremlin.