National security adviser H.R. McMaster confirmed to reporters that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will sit down together for a face-to-face discussion while they are both at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany next month.
Both leaders will be attending the summit, scheduled for July 7-8, and their informal meeting will be held “on the sidelines” of the summit, with no set agenda.
McMaster reportedly said, “There is no specific agenda – it’s really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about.”
It will be the first time the two have met in person since Trump’s inauguration in January, and comes amid massive media coverage and controversy over allegations about Russian hacking and possible interference with the 2016 presidential election.
President Trump has repeatedly stated that he hopes he can have a good relationship with Putin, but relations have become tense recently over the conflict in Syria.
The Hill reported that Trump also has meetings scheduled with other leaders while at the G20 summit, including U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.
HR McMaster announces Pres Trump to have meeting with Putin at G20 Summit next week in Hamburg. Their first meeting since @POTUS took office
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 29, 2017
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