Courtesy of Politico:
President Donald Trump will not host Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington until 2019, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Wednesday, because it is Trump’s preference not to do so until “the Russia witch hunt is over.”
“The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” Bolton said in a statement distributed through the White House press pool.
Despite the White House’s announced timeline for a second Putin meeting, there is no hard deadline for special counsel Robert Mueller to wrap up his Russia investigation, which Trump has often referred to as a “witch hunt.” And there is no public indication that Mueller will do so by the end of the year.
Yeah, Mueller is most certainly NOT letting Trump dictate the length of the investigation.
As for that meeting with Putin, after the investigation is complete there is a strong possibility that the only people Trump will be visiting with will be his team of lawyers.
Apparently, this, along with some tough talk from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is supposed to signal that a tougher attitude toward Russia.
I assume that means that Trump will make Putin say “pretty please” before he hands over state secrets from now on.