Courtesy of The Hill:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Russia next week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, the State Department announced Friday.
Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Putin and Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, in Sochi on May 14 to “discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges.” Before that, he will meet with officials at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
“On May 13, he will arrive in Russia to meet with his team at U.S. Embassy Moscow before meeting with U.S. business leaders and U.S. exchange alumni. Secretary Pompeo will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
A senior State Department official told reporters later Friday that Pompeo and Russian officials would discuss several bilateral and global issues, including arms control, the situation in Ukraine, Venezuela, and North Korean denuclearization. Pompeo also plans to press Putin and Lavrov on the “challenges” in the bilateral relationship with Moscow, including Russian interference in U.S. elections.
Yeah, I am just going to assume that last part was thrown in to throw reporters off the trail.
We now have Giuliani heading to Ukraine looking for dirt on Joe Biden, and Pompeo heading to Russia to have a face to face with the government leader who interfered in our last election to help his boss get elected.
They can add as many state functions and side meetings that they want, but it seems clear to me that the real reason for this trip is that Trump is lining up these foreign governments to help him win reelection in 2020.
And this time he is doing right out in the open, just begging somebody to try and stop him.
P.S. It appears that Giuliani has canceled his trip to Ukraine, now suggests it was a trap. (Link.)