'Putin understands power:' Sullivan discusses Helsinki meeting
President Donald Trump met with Russian leader Vladimir Putin Monday in Finland -- just days after the indictment of Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election.
The news, which broke Friday, had some Republican senators, like John McCain calling for Trump to get tough with Putin or cancel the meeting. On Sunday, Alaska's junior senator Dan Sullivan weighed in on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I think we should still have the meeting," Sullivan told host Chuck Todd.
Sullivan says if Russia wants U.S. sanctions lifted, the ball is in Putin's court -- and that if Trump gives in on removing any sanctions without Putin taking any actions, that would be a mistake.
"The agenda should be I think, number one, that we should let Vladimir Putin - the president, and his team should let Vladimir Putin know, 'If you want a better relationship, if you want, for example, sanctions to be lifted, it's going to be up to you,'" Sullivan said.
Sullivan noted the potential for areas of cooperation between the two nations, including nuclear proliferation.
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