It turns out that President Trump had a second, more informal meeting with Vladimir Putin during the recent G20 summit.
Ian Bremmer, the President of Eurasia Group, told Charlie Rose about the meeting in an interview today. He said this meeting lasted an hour.
Readout from Trump Admin on what was/wasn't discussed in official meeting w Putin useless when there was 1 hour convo off books that eve.
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 18, 2017
Officials have confirmed to multiple news outlets that this conversation took place:
— Dafna Linzer (@DafnaLinzer) July 18, 2017
Trump & Putin met on sidelines of G20 leaders+spouses dinner on July 7th, NSC spox confirms. They spoke in same room after dinner
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 18, 2017
BREAKING: Trump, Putin held a second, undisclosed meeting at G20 summit in Germany – White House official pic.twitter.com/UwGSItOe74
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) July 18, 2017
White House confirms Trump & Putin met a second time at the G-20. @ianbremmer says it lasted an hour and only other was a Putin translator.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) July 18, 2017
UPDATE –– 6:41 pm ET: While this meeting is just now getting attention, it’s worth noting this tweet from July 8th from Alberto Nardelli at BuzzFeed News:
I am told that Trump and Putin had a "long chat" right after last night's #G20 dinner
— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) July 8, 2017
UPDATE 7:57 PM ET: The White House has issued a statement, claiming it wasn’t a meeting but rather a brief conversation:
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