After marveling at the Trump M & Ms he encountered on the plane, Mr. Morgan met with the president, discussing his healthiest "impulsive and charismatic diet" (baked salmon and lemon bar), the First Lady, Melania Trump – "I hope it never runs against me," he said, and Mr. Trump's audience with Queen Elizabeth II.
"She's a fantastic woman," Trump said of the 92-year-old monarch. energy and intelligent and sharp. She was amazing. "
Mr. Morgan eventually raised Mr. Putin, asking if Mr. Trump considered him a ruthless dictator.
" I guess it probably is, "Mr. Trump replied." I think we could probably get along "
Mr. Trump's conciliatory tone contrasted with a tougher position proposed by members of his administration.In an interview aired on Sunday morning in the United States, Mr. Trump's national security adviser, John R. Bolton, seemed to contradict Mr. Trump's opening to raise the issue of extradition.
"I think it's pretty foolish for the president to demand something that he can not legally get," Bolton said on the "This Week" show. ABC. "That the president demands something that will not happen puts the president in a weak position."
Mr. Bolton pointed to the legal obstacles to extraditing Russian citizens: The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russia.
"You know, the Russians take the position, they may like it or not, that their Constitution prohibits them from extraditing Russian citizens," he said.
Mr. Bolton, who is traveling with Mr. Trump in Europe, said a possible alternative would be to use Interpol, the international law enforcement agency, to receive "red notices" or requests for arrests pending extradition. He also said he hoped the Justice Department would take measures to arrest the Russians.