At G-20 Summit, a Smiling Trump Light-Heartedly Tells Putin: ‘Don’t Meddle in the Election, Please’
During a side-by-side photo op with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Japan, a smiling President Donald Trump light-heartedly warned the Russian President to avoid interfering with the 2020 presidential race: “Don’t meddle in the election, please.”
Trump and Putin were sitting in chairs during a one-on-one sidebar at the international conference when a reporter shouted out: “Mr. President, will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 election?”
“Yes, of course,” Trump replied. And then he turned slightly toward Putin — but without making eye contact — smiled and said, “Don’t meddle in the election, please.” A moment later, he pointed his finger in the general direction of Putin and repeated his request: “Don’t meddle in the election.”
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 28, 2019
The cavalier demeanor and throwaway nature of Trump’s comments about Russian political interference in US elections, which a Special Counsel investigation just spent nearly two years investigating and documenting, was striking. It clearly evoked the last time the pair met at a summit in Helsinki in 2017, when Trump publicly sided with Putin in denying Russia’s influence on the 2016 election, contradicting the consensus of the US intelligence community.
Screengrab via Twitter.
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