"The president has been clear that he’s going to be tough on Russia. But at the same time, he’d still like to have a good relationship with them. But that’s going to be determined by whether or not Russia decides if they want to be a better actor in this process or not," spokesperson for the White House, Sarah Sanders, told a briefing on board Air Force One
en route Miami on April 16, Censor.NET reports.
"But so far, we’ve seen that isn’t the case, and the president is going to continue to be tough on them. And that’s why we’re continuing to evaluate a number of sanctions.
Asked whether Putin is still welcome for a White House summit, Sanders said: "The president still would like to sit down with him. Again, he feels like it’s better for the world if they have a good relationship. But that’s going to depend on the actions of Russia. We’ve been very clear, in our actions, what we expect. And we hope that they’ll have a change in their behavior."