Trump on Asking Putin to Extradite Indicted Russians: ‘I Might, I Hadn’t Thought of That’

President says he has low expectations for summit with Putin


President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he might ask Russian President Vladamir Putin to extradite the recent indicted Russians for election interference in 2016.

"Would you ask Putin to send them here?" CBS News host Jeff Glor asked.

"Well, I might. I hadn’t thought of that, but certainly I’ll be asking about it," Trump responded.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced a grand jury indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of hacking the computer networks of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. The charges stem from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Trump was notified about the indictments earlier last week as he prepared for the July 16 summit between him and Putin. The president says he has "low expectations" for the summit.

"Nothing bad’s going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out. But I go in with low expectations; I’m not going in with high expectations," Trump said. "I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I can tell you what I’ll be asking for and we’ll see if something comes of it."

Trump, during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, said he would confront Putin on Russia's interference in the U.S. election but told reporters not to expect Putin to admit to it.

"I know you'll ask, ‘Will we be talking about meddling?' And I will absolutely bring that up. I don't think you'll have any, ‘Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me. There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?" Trump said. "But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with Russia."

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Andrew Kugle is the assistant social media editor for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2013. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, he worked as a Staff/Press Assistant for South Dakota Congresswoman Kristi Noem. Andrew is from De Pere, Wisconsin and lives in D.C. His Twitter handle is @AndrewJKugle. You can reach him at

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