Pompeo: Trump likely to meet with Putin in 'not-too-distant future'

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoTrump administration mulled kidnapping, assassinating Julian Assange: report Republican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal MORE said in a new interview that President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE will "likely" meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in upcoming months to discuss tensions between the two nations.

In an interview on Saturday with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt, Pompeo said national security adviser John Bolton is heading to Moscow this week to talk with Russian officials, including discussing possible plans for a bilateral summit.

"I don't know what the president's schedule is going to be," Pompeo said. "I know Ambassador Bolton's planning to travel to Moscow on Sunday or Monday. He'll be meeting with his counterpart, and I think its likely that President Trump will be meeting with his counterpart in the not-too-distant future following that meeting."


Pompeo added that officials from the two countries were examining their "overlapping interests" and looking for ways Russia and the U.S. could collaborate.

"The president's been unambiguous since he took office that there are places where Russia is working against the United States but many places where we work together," Pompeo said.

"I had a chance to do that in my previous role as CIA director, where we worked with the Russians on counterterrorism issues, where the two nations had shared interests," he added. "And so we are having conversations with our Russian counterparts trying to find places where we have overlapping interests but protecting American interests where we do not."

Pompeo's comments come days after Bloomberg reported that discussions were underway for the two leaders to meet in July, though plans are not yet final.

Trump shocked world leaders and many in Washington earlier this month when he issued repeated calls for Russia to be readmitted to the Group of Seven (G-7), formerly the Group of Eight, ahead of and during the group's summit in Canada.

“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run,” Trump told reporters. “And in the G-7, which used be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Those calls were not supported by most of the group's leaders.