So it is important that when he held his first presidential face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin on Friday, Mr. Trump began by raising the interference issue and then reportedly pressed him a couple of times on Russian involvement during the course of their two-hour-and-15-minute conversation.
But Trump – breaking with normal practice by United States presidents and many other leaders at the end of a G-20 meeting – left Hamburg without holding a news conference.
“Can we really expect the president to be more forthcoming with the Russian president if he is not willing to fully level with our own people on the same subject?” The two leaders agreed to continue the discussion, with an eye toward securing a commitment that Russian Federation won’t interfere in USA affairs in the future, Tillerson added.
Putin on Saturday also told reporters: “You should ask (Trump) how it went?” I think President Putin did what we all expected him to do, which was deny it.
But he would not reveal details of his exchange with Mr Trump, saying the conversation was confidential. I think he took it into consideration and agreed with it.
The meeting lasted more than two hours and USA first lady Melania Trump came in at one point to urge them to conclude, Tillerson said.
Trump and Putin met for more than two hours Friday afternoon, ending with an agreement on curbing violence in Syria.
In a press conference Saturday, Putin echoed Lavrov and said he believes Trump accepted the denial – but that it’d be better to ask him.
USA intelligence officials have said Russian Federation meddled in the White House race in which Trump upset Democrat Hillary Clinton. Neither Cohn, McMaster nor Mnuchin was present for the talks; only Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson represented the US.
“Everybody knows that Russian Federation meddled in our elections”, Haley told CNN’s Dana Bash in a pre-taped interview for “State of the Union”, which airs Sunday morning.
“You had two men who knew the exact same thing, which is Russian Federation did meddle in the elections”, Haley said. “I, in as much as I was able, answered these questions. It seemed to me that he was satisfied with those answers”, Putin said.
Schumer says China has stolen millions of jobs and billions of dollars on trade from the U.S.
“As regards personal relations, I think they are established”, Putin said.