"You can't solve problems if you're not talking about them".
Briefing reporters ahead of the trip, Ambassador Jon Huntsman was asked what the president hoped to achieve by meeting yet again with the leader of a country US intelligence officials have concluded undermined USA democracy by meddling in the 2016 election to help Trump win, among a long list of hostile actions.
A senior administration official on the call confirmed CNN's reporting that Trump will meet alone with Putin to kick off the first official summit between the two leaders and likened it to President Ronald Reagan's summits with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
This will be the first time the two have met for a formal summit.
Mr. Trump's political opponents in the US will be looking for any sign that the president goes easy on Mr. Putin, which they would say bolster allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Moscow to hack the 2016 presidential election.
The summit will include a one-on-one sit down followed by an expanded bilateral meeting with advisers and a working lunch.
"A change in atmosphere can change a whole lot else", the official said. The person requested anonymity to discuss expectations for the meeting.
Francis said a bipartisan team on the trip would've been best, and she said that the idea of Russian Federation dropping their foreign election-meddling tactics on their own "will never happen". The official said Trump does not plan to raise the idea of reducing USA troop levels in Germany in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation talks.
The Washington Post recently reported that the Pentagon was evaluating the cost of transferring or withdrawing the troops - the biggest contingent outside the United States.
Earlier in the day, US Envoy to Russia Jon Huntsman told reporters that Donald Trump believes that the upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin will help decrease tensions between the twonations.