“The people I talked to weren’t timing”.
First lady Melania Trump had been seated next to Putin at the dinner.
Trump Jr.is helping to lead the president’s Trump Organization, alongside his brother Eric, during their father’s absence.
And 52 percent of Americans said the Trump campaign had a responsibility to report the meeting, while 23 percent absolved the campaign of that responsibility. “And so this can’t be accepted as the new normal in terms of how the president conducts himself or herself with leaders of foreign countries”.
Before we even get into the terrible optics of Trump slinking away from his table to join Putin alone for all to see, there is a simple strategic blunder to this move that is catastrophically stupid even if Trump is completely innocent of collusion with the Kremlin.
Trump and Putin initially had a two-hour meeting during the global event which sees the world’s most powerful leaders meet.
What caught other leaders’ attention when Trump walked over to Putin towards the end of the evening was not that the conversation was happening – but how long it lasted.
Saying he’s not in the business of breaking news, Bremmer told “Squawk on the Street” he made a decision to talk about it Monday evening with Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose to have a longer conversation as opposed to just making headlines.
PUTIN: If you don’t start answering my questions, I’m going to demand your pay back the billions of dollars we loaned to you. “Just talked about things”.
Presidents usually have aides present for these kinds of meetings; past U.S. leaders were unlikely to put themselves in this position with anybody.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said Wednesday that he’s been talking to Donald Trump Jr.’s lawyer and “I didn’t get any pushback” when he suggested he testify this week. He said the exchange occurred near dessert. What’s noteworthy, and even striking, is that Trump and Putin spoke for close to an hour after already having spent over two hours in an earlier bilateral meeting the same day.
And because of Trump’s lack of caution during the second meeting, the Kremlin has much more information about what transpired than the White House does.
The meeting last June is reported to have involved at least eight people.
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were also at the meeting, along with a representative of Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov and a former Russian military officer turned lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin.
There was no one else in earshot to hear what they discussed, apart from Putin’s translator.
Mr Trump had been seated next to Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s wife, so the United States interpreter at the dinner spoke Japanese, not Russian.