Vladimir Putin spoke to reporters at the G20 summit today and, naturally, he talked about his over-two-hour-long meeting with President Trump.
Both sides acknowledge that election interference was brought up during the meeting (Rex Tillerson said Trump “opened” with that), but Sergey Lavrov claims Trump accepted Putin’s denials.
One reporter asked Putin today if Trump agreed with his position that Russia did not intervene in the U.S. election.
“He answered all the questions,” Putin said (per translator), “and I think that he noted it and he agreed with it. But I think it’s better to ask him exactly what you have asked, rather than me.”
Minutes later, another reporter circled back to this issue and Putin’s claim that Trump accepted his answer.
Putin said, “He asked me questions, I told him in detail, and I think he was satisfied by my answers.”
White House officials pushed back yesterday after Lavrov’s remarks and insisted ihs claim was not accurate.
The Russian leader, of course, has denied any Russian interference in the U.S. election, saying just last month “hackers can be anywhere.”
You can watch the clips above, via CNN International.
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