Trump plans to meet with Putin during Asia trip

Trump plans to meet with Putin during Asia trip
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President Trump said shortly before landing in Japan Sunday that he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his 12-day trip to Asia. 

Trump told a gaggle of reporters during his flight to Japan that the two are expecting to meet to discuss North Korea.

“I think it’s expected we’ll meet with Putin, yeah. We want Putin’s help on North Korea, and we’ll be meeting with a lot of different leaders," Trump said.

The comment comes after Trump suggested earlier this week that the two world leaders might meet.  

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Asked Thursday by Fox News host Laura Ingraham on "The Ingraham Angle" whether he will speak with Putin on his trip, Trump said, "We may have a meeting with Putin. And, again — Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea."

Trump and Putin first met in July during the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The bilateral meeting reportedly lasted for more than two hours, rather than the 30 minutes it had been scheduled for.  

This second meeting would come just days after the first indictments were handed down against Trump campaign staffers in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference.

Trump is visiting China, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea as part of the 12-day trip.

The White House has not announced any official plans for Trump to meet with Putin. Trump is expected to attend multiple economic gatherings and international summits during his visit and the White House announced in October that Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. 

Trump and Duterte’s sit-down will be one of the most-watched events of his 12-day trip to Asia, his first visit to the region as president.  
 
He will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in during trips to their respective countries.
 
Trump landed in Japan at 10 a.m. local time. He and Abe are expected to golf together on Sunday.