Trump says he 'probably' will meet Russian leader Putin in Paris in November

  • President Donald Trump said he will "probably" meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Nov. 11 in Paris.
  • Both Trump and Putin already are planning to be in the French capital that day to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.
  • The two leaders most recently met in Helsinki in July, where Trump seemed to back Putin's claims that Russia had not tried to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election by means that included stealing Democratic National Committee emails.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, July 16, 2018. 
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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, July 16, 2018. 

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he "probably" will meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Paris on Nov. 11.

Both Trump and Putin already are planning to be in the French capital that day to mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

"I think we probably will" meet, Trump told reporters in the the Oval Office at the White House. "It hasn't been set up yet. Probably will be."

Trump's comment came hours after his national security advisor, John Bolton, said in Moscow tha Putin told him during a meeting Tuesday tat he would like to continue having direct discussions with Trump, and suggested Paris for a sitdown.

Bolton said Trump would look foward to doing that.

The two leaders most recently met in Helsinki in July, where Trump seemed to back Putin's claims that Russia had not tried to affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election by means that included hacking into Democratic National Committee servers and stealing emails.

Bolton on Tuesday said he talked with Putin about Russian meddling in the election and why it was harmful.

Trump announced last weekend that the United States will pull out of the 31-year-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because of his claims that Russia has violated that pact "for many years."

The treaty bars both countries from possessing, making or test flying ground-launched cruise missiles that have a range of between 300 and 3,400 miles.

Bolton said Putin told him that Russia was surprised by what Putin characterized as an unprovoked action.

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