President Donald Trump cancelled his official meeting with Vladimir Putin, but the White House confirmed today he had an “informal conversation” with the Russian leader at last night’s G20 dinner.
Trump said the meeting was called off over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian ships. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo affirmed that statement on CNN today and dismissed the idea it had anything to do with the big Michael Cohen news hours before the announcement.
A statement from Sarah Sanders informed reporters of Trump’s “informal conversations” with world leaders last night, including Putin:
.@PressSec: “As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the First Lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin.”
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 1, 2018
Yesterday Sanders said in a statement, “The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia. However, the reason for our canceled meeting is Ukraine.”
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