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Trump Gets Hammered For ‘Undisclosed’ Meeting At G20

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Trump Gets Hammered For ‘Undisclosed’ Meeting At G20

The world was focused on the official meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the recent G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. It was originally scheduled for 30 minutes but ended up lasting two hours. It had to be one of the more important international moments of the year so far. Putin is in the center of an American investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 presidential election, and the Trump administration is being targeted for possible collusion.
Now it is being reported that the original meeting was not the only encounter between the two leaders. President Trump also met with Putin a second time at the summit while attending a couples-only social dinner, a White House official confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday. They emphasized that it was a “social dinner.”
In what some analyst claim is a breach of diplomatic protocol, there were no U.S. officials present at the second meeting. The interaction took place between Trump, Putin, and a Russian interpreter. So there is no official U.S. account because there was no other American involved but President Trump. This meeting is being scrutinized even more because the White House didn’t disclose this second encounter between the two world leaders. Some think it is incredulous that in light of the focus on what may be criminal actions by Russia, the Trump administration would be especially alert to undisclosed interactions between Trump and Putin.
The New York Times reported on this encounter and added, “The dinner discussion caught the attention of other leaders around the table, some of whom later remarked privately on the odd spectacle of an American president seeming to single out the Russian leader for special attention at a summit meeting that included some of the United States’ staunchest, oldest allies.”
President Trump responded to this report quickly on Twitter, denying that it was significant and railing against the press, “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick.’ All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!” And then just 7 minutes later, Trump tweeted out again, “The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!”
There is no doubt a lot of questions about what was said in this private meeting between these men. Do you think Trump should have had someone with him? Do you think the meeting should have been disclosed?
Credit: MSNBC

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