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Spicer: Report Untrue of Trump Wanting to Meet Putin

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President-elect Donald Trump is seen in the elevator after speaking with the media at Trump Tower on January 13, 2017 in New York. (AFP/Bryan R. Smith)

By    |   Saturday, 14 Jan 2017 10:45 PM

Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday tweeted there is no truth to a story in the Sunday Times that Donald Trump's first foreign trip as president will be to Iceland to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to the Sunday Times, Trump's team told British officials that they wanted Reykjavik as the site of the meeting within weeks of the inauguration.

Sources reportedly told the UK newspaper that talks will center around a deal limiting nuclear weapons. Moscow is ready to agree to the meeting, reports the Times.

Trump has talked about thawing relations between Russia and the U.S., something he has been criticized for because of Russia’s involvement in the DNC email hack during the presidential campaign.

"I would treat Vladimir Putin firmly, but there's nothing I can think of that I'd rather do than have Russia friendly, as opposed to the way they are right now, so that we can go and knock out ISIS with other people," Trump said at a news conference in July.

The news of Trump’s interest in meeting with Putin comes one day after a Trump spokesperson said that Russia's ambassador to the U.S. invited the Trump administration to Syrian peace talks during a phone call in December, which turned out to be the same day the Obama administration announced sanctions against Russia as retribution for its hacking.


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