Homeland Security Adviser: Trump Should Seek Opportunities to Partner With Putin

Susan Jones | July 3, 2017 | 6:30am EDT
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Tom Bossert, President Trump's homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, appeared on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. (Screen grab from ABC)

(CNSNews.com) - President Trump is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later this week week at a G-20 leaders’ summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Tom Bossert, President Trump's homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, said on Sunday that arrangements for the meeting are still being worked out:

“We've got two of the world's largest superpowers being in the same place at the same time,” Bossert told ABC’s “This Week.”

It wouldn’t be “unusual for them to meet,” Bossert added, noting the President Obama met with Putin at previous G-20 summits.

"We don't know if it will be a long bilateral meeting, or a shorter pull-aside at this stage. Those details haven't been set, so in part that format of that meeting will dictate what they discuss and how they discuss it,” Bossert said.

“But I would say that if there is an opportunity, the president would recognize that we have an extremely low point relationship based on distrust right now, and while we should condemn their cybersecurity behavior and we should condemn their behavior in the Ukraine and sanction them for it -- and President Trump has said as much -- he should also take opportunities to partner with them in ways that help us defeat ISIS and prevent the Syrians from using chemical weapons.”

That was all the time host Martha Raddatz dedicated to Trump’s anticipated meeting with Putin.

Most of her interview with Bossert was dedicated to President Trump’s tweets, including one where he parodies himself at WWE's WrestleMania, beating up a CNN reporter.

President Trump on Sunday tweeted a video clip of him "beating up" CNN. He used altered footage from his 2007 appearance at WWE, replacing Vince McMahon's head with the CNN logo.

Asked for his reaction to President Trump’s tweets dumping on CNN, NBC and the liberal media in general, Bossert said cable news shows are “not always very fair to the president.”

“So I'm proud of the president for developing a Twitter and a social media platform where he can talk directly to the American people. In fact, he's the most genuine president and the most non-politician president that we've seen in my lifetime. And he's demonstrated -- whatever the content of that particular tweet is or any tweet, he's demonstrated a genuine ability to communicate to the people.”

Bossert said he hoped no one would perceive Trump’s WrestleMania tweet as a threat: “I hope they don’t. But I do think that he's beating up in a way on cable platforms that he has a right to respond to. And that he does that regularly.”

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