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The Date Is Set For the G20…At Least Officially

The Date Is Set For the G20…At Least Officially

Are they friends or foes? All eyes will be on the first meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. The two will come together during the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, White House officials said on Thursday.
National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, spoke about the meeting with reporters, “We have no specific agenda. It’s whatever the president wants to talk about.” The Kremlin also announced that the two leaders were planning to meet, but offered very few details, “They will meet,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Thursday, and he added: “If we are speaking about preparations for a separate meeting with Trump, no preparations are being made for any separate meeting at the moment. There is no progress yet.”
This face to face meeting comes at a critical time. There is an ongoing FBI investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian officials during the presidential race. It has been reported by U.S. intelligence officials that Russian operatives stole emails and other documents from leading Democrats and released them publicly to embarrass Hillary Clinton. Recent reports have indicated that this came from Putin himself.
President Trump will meet with some top leaders at this summit, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. McMaster played down the significance of the Trump/Putin meeting: “Our relationship with Russia is no different than any other country,” McMaster said.
He continued to describe the work that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has done to strengthen our “bilateral” relationship. “We’re engaged in wide-ranging discussions about irritants and problems in the relationship and areas to explore common interests and opportunities,” McMaster said. The National Security Adviser said that the president instructed his national security team to do three things concerning Russia: Confront its “destabilizing behavior,” deter Moscow from a confrontation that could lead to “a major power war,” and foster areas of cooperation, including North Korea and Syria.
So both of these presidents won’t have a problem knowing what to talk about. The stakes are high. What are your thoughts about this Trump/Putin connection?
Credit: The Washington Post


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