Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoRejecting Trump’s vision of a single-use planet Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIA: report Russia is the real winner in any US-Iran conflict MORE will travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia is the real winner in any US-Iran conflict As partisans bicker in the US, Venezuelans continue to suffer Dems lay into Trump for taking a ‘wrecking ball to the Constitution’ MORE and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, the State Department announced Friday.
Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Putin and Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, in Sochi on May 14 to “discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges.” Before that, he will meet with officials at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
“On May 13, he will arrive in Russia to meet with his team at U.S. Embassy Moscow before meeting with U.S. business leaders and U.S. exchange alumni. Secretary Pompeo will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.
Pompeo’s travel’s come after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Comey after CNN town hall: ‘He brought the FBI down’ White House says US, China trade talks to continue Friday Giuliani traveling to Ukraine to push for probes that could be ‘very helpful’ to Trump MORE and Putin spoke last week for over an hour, a discussion Trump described as “very productive.” The two spoke about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, which Trump referred to as the “Russia hoax” in a pair of tweets about the conversation.
Trump later said he didn’t warn Putin not to meddle in the 2020 elections, telling reporters, “We didn’t discuss that.” Russia has denied interfering in the 2016 presidential vote, despite the conclusions from numerous U.S. intelligence agencies that the Kremlin meddled in the election.
Pompeo was asked about the developments during an interview on “Fox News Sunday earlier this week. He defended Trump for not broaching the subject of election interference, suggesting the conversation may not have been “long enough” for it to come up.
Pompeo asserted the Trump administration has been “has been tougher on Russia than any of his predecessor administrations” and insisted the administration has taken seriously combating future election interference.
“I talk to leaders all the time. We cover a broad range of subjects. Sometimes conversations just aren’t long enough to include every issue that might be brought up,” Pompeo said.
“I’ll let the White House talk to what the President actually said in the set of remarks, but no one should misunderstand from your question today, your viewers should not be misled. This administration has taken seriously the threat of election interference, and we’ll continue to do so,” Pompeo added.