US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been confirmed to have a one-on-one discussion separate from the G20 meeting. Apparently, the media didn’t have a chance to cover this as they weren’t allowed to see it, even though Trump said the press knew this event.
According to New York Times, the meeting was confirmed Tuesday after the G20 social dinner. Their discussion apparently lasted an hour. The White House confirmed that Trump did talk to Putin and nothing was unusual about it. Additionally, the discussion was also done with an interpreter as Trump nor his interpreter knew how to speak Russian. However, no media was able to know details about their discussion as they were prohibited from covering the discussion.
Trump himself confirmed that talk was not a secret as the G20 summit was a gathering for the invited leaders. According to Washington Post, the president wasn’t happy that his meeting with Putin was reported. Trump also said that the “fake news” was “sick” and “dishonest”. However, no media was able to list any details about this Trump-Putin discussion.
Currently, Trump and Russia has a bad history and controversial to be together. The 45th president of the United States has been accused to work with Russia to win the elections. Currently, investigations are still ongoing to confirm if Trump really cheated for the 2016 election. Additionally, the Trump administration is still trying to improve its relationship with Russia. Previously, Trump and Putin did agree to have some common ground on other issues.
“Pretty much everyone at the dinner thought this was really weird, that here is the president of the United States, who clearly wants to display that he has a better relationship personally with President Putin than any of us, or simply doesn’t care,” said Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer.
The G20 talk isn’t the first case that Trump confused the media. Previously, the White House confirmed and released details of an “off-the-record” interview during Trump’s flight on the Air Force One. The president also maintains an active antagonistic stance against certain news organizations like CNN.