Trump 'pressed' Putin on election interference during lengthy meeting, accepted Russian denial

Hamburg, Germany: US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the first time at the G20 summit and spoke for over two hours during which time Trump "pressed" Putin regarding Russian interference, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

US President Donald Trump opened his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of  alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject," he said. "The president had pressed Putin on more than occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past." Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Russian reporters that President Trump accepted Putin's statements denying Russian involvement.

The meeting between the two lasted about two hours instead of the originally scheduled 30-minutes. Following the meeting, the Associated Press reported that the two had agreed to enter a cease-fire in Syria. Tillerson stated that a “de-escalation agreement” for southwestern areas of Syria near Daraa and Quneitra was reached and would start Sunday.

Putin given the upperhand Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

"President Putin and I have been discussing various things and I think it’s going very well. We’ve had some very, very good talks. We’re going to have a talk now and obviously that will continue. But we look forward to a lot of positive things happening, for Russia, for the United States and for everyone concerned,” Trump stated to the press at the start of their meeting held at the G20 summit. "It is an honor to be with you.” 

Putin also expressed optimism at the opening of the meeting, saying it was a pleasure to meet Trump in person in order to discuss bilateral issues.

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