TODAY | February 07, 2014
>> got the chance to speak to the president and they talked about the president's relationship with russia's vladimir putin .
>> i think there's always going to be a balance where areas of mutual interest we work together, cooperate. but there are going to be times where we have real differences. and we the t tend to have blunt conversations. when we sit down and talk, there's not a lot of beating around the bush or niceties. i think it's all business. and i tell him where i strongly disagree with him, and he does the same.
>> probably shouldn't make too much of the fact that the president isn't attending these games. most presidents do not, jenna's dad, george bush , did go to beijing in 2008 for a coming out party for the chinese. but it's not that all unusual for a president not to travel to an olympic games .