"I’ll tell you what President Putin said to me, through the translator of course, that – he said 'there was no meddling in the 2016 election by the Russian state," Bolton said in the interview with the Fox News broadcaster.
On Wednesday, Bolton met with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow to discuss various aspects of the US-Russian relations.
"The main rationale to have a bilateral meeting between Trump and Putin: let them discuss these issues and see exactly where there might be room for progress, or where they might find there's no room at all," Bolton said.
The US official stressed that Trump sought to understand the Russian position, adding that "perhaps, more importantly, he wants Vladimir Putin to understand our positions."
Since Trump won the 2016 presidential election, the US authorities have been investigating on various levels the allegations about campaign team's possible collusion with Russia, and have claimed that Moscow meddled in the election process to help Trump win against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly refuted all allegations as groundless.