All major news outlets, including Fox News. are reporting that during the G20 summit in Germany, U.S. President Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed conversation with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin.
The two had a formal meeting that lasted more than two hours earlier that day, but it has been revealed by multiple news outlets and even confirmed by White House spokesman Sean Spicer that the two reconvened during world leaders’ dinner later that night.
It is not entirely clear how long the informal conversation lasted or what was discussed, though many are claiming the duration of the private talk lasted about an hour. According to sources, the only individuals involved in the private discussion were Trump, Putin, and Putin’s own personal translator.
Trump did not utilize an American translator, which some critics are declaring as a break in protocol.
Reaction to the news is causing rife and making waves across Twitter:
— NPR (@NPR) July 18, 2017
Given the suspicion most (reasonable) people have about Trump and Russia, it hardly seems like a good idea for him to meet secretly w/Putin
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) July 18, 2017
Trump meeting with Putin… pic.twitter.com/sNAcjmKTbx
— Talia (@2020fight) July 18, 2017
BREAKING on MSNBC: Leaders of the G20 were “befuddled” at spectacle of Trump and Putin excusing themselves for a private, hour-long meeting.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) July 18, 2017
What’s the likelihood that the Trump-Putin 1hr secret mtg was them talking about golf and giggling about how the media is gonna FREAKOUT?
— LeslieP (@less_tx) July 18, 2017
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