US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Asked by  Fox News host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle,” whether he will speak with Putin on the trip, Trump said: “We may have a meeting with Putin.  And, again – Putin is very important because they can help us with North Korea.”
Trump leaves Friday to travel to China, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea as part of the 12-day trip.
The White House has not announced any plans for Trump to meet with Putin, and Russia is not on the list of countries he will be visiting. Trump is expected to attend multiple economic gatherings and international summits during his visit and the White House announced in October that Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. 
The meetings will likely focus on Trump’s efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program. His decision to scrap a Pacific Rim trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration will also be a major topic. 
The meeting was strictly limited …