President Donald Trump cancelled his planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in a tweet on Thursday morning.
“Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting,” Trump wrote, “in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin.”
“I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!” he added.
….in Argentina with President Vladimir Putin. I look forward to a meaningful Summit again as soon as this situation is resolved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
The meeting between the two leaders, planned for the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit in Argentina, has been fraught with uncertainty after Russian ships fired at and seized three Ukrainian ships near Crimea.
Trump told the New York Post in an interview this week that he was uncertain about going ahead with the meeting:
“That will be very determinative,” Trump told the Post. “Maybe I won’t have the meeting. Maybe I won’t even have the meeting … I don’t like that aggression. I don’t want that aggression at all.”
But on Thursday, the Kremlin confirmed the meeting would go ahead as planned.
Trump also seemed to confirm the meeting himself…until now.
Trump said about an hour ago "I probably will be meeting with President Putin” https://t.co/OZZkyBIipJ
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) November 29, 2018
This story is breaking and will be updated…
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