The proposed visit of Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, to the United States has been postponed by President Donald Trump to next year, the White House announced on Wednesday.
According to a statement by John Bolton, the US National Security Adviser, the postponement was as a result of the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Bolton said the proposed visit should be shifted to 2019 after the investigation would have been presumably concluded.
He said, “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.”
Despite Bolton’s statement, the Special Counsel has, however, not released any timetable indicating that the election probe will indeed end by next year.
The White House said last week that President Trump had directed Bolton to invite President Putin to Washington for a meeting in the fall.
This came amid the backlash over President Trump’s performance at a news conference with President Putin following their Helsinki summit on July 16.