White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is preventing the U.S. and Russia from having a productive bilateral relationship.
“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia. However, the reason for our canceled meeting is Ukraine. Hopefully, that will be resolved soon so that productive conversations can begin,” Sanders said in a statement Friday.
The president canceled a previously scheduled meeting between himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, citing the Russian military seizure of Ukranian ships and sailors. Aboard Air Force One in route to the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the president tweeted that he was canceling the meeting because Russia had not turned over the ships and sailors to Ukraine.
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