Trump had scrapped a more formal meeting with Putin, citing Russia's treatment of Ukraine.
The already strained ties between Washington and Moscow have "no doubt" worsened over Russian's continued attempts to interfere in the U.S. voting process, Mattis said at the Reagan National Defence Forum in California.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis branded Russian President Putin as untrustworthy and a "slow learner" over what he called Moscow's repeated attempts to "muck around" in US domestic affairs. "We are seeing a continued effort around those lines".
Mattis, 68, a former U.S. Marine Corps general, said the U.S. and it's allies would show respect for other nation's sovereignty while exercising "constructive vigilance". A special counsel investigation into Russia's role in that election and whether Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow has cast a cloud over his presidency.
Ahead of the November 6 midterm congressional elections, US intelligence and law enforcement officials accused Russian Federation of trying to influence the vote.
Russian Federation continues to violate global agreements to which the United States cannot trust the leadership of this country.
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He has instead spent considerable time with his family and worked to position himself for a post-conviction career. Under federal sentencing guidelines, Flynn faces a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison, prosecutors said.
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Applause rose up in the hall on Saturday as the leaders signed off on a final statement at the end of a two-day summit. The White House characterized that encounter as an informal chat, but Putin gave it more significance.
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed that the Russian government attempted to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections last month.
That comment reiterated those he made several days prior that Russia's attack upon and seizure of three Ukrainian ships violated worldwide law.
In addition, Mattis said that Russian Federation attempted to intervene in the mid-term elections in the United States last month - just like in 2016. And labeled him a "slow learner".
"He is not recognising that what he is doing is actually creating the animosity against his people".
In regards to the importance of the USA military presence in Afgahnistan, Secretary Mattis has said "If we leave, with 20-odd of the most risky terrorist groups in the world centered in that region, we know what will happen".