Hours before the momentous first face-to-face meeting of President Trump with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany on Friday, news outlets have been speculating about everything from how many people will be in the room.
Axios predicts there will be six key individuals: Trump, Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and two translators.
According to National security advisor H.R. McMaster, there will be “no specific agenda” for the meeting. “It’s really going to be whatever the president wants to talk about,” he said.
Set to begin at 9:45 a.m. Washington time (3:45 p.m. local time), the meeting could touch on a variety of subjects; including contentious issues, such as new sanctions on Russia and Putin’s alleged election hacking, or more pressing problems, like fighting ISIS in Syria and negotiating a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine. Of course, there’s always the topic of what to do about North Korea.
News outlets have also been reporting that “unnamed” Trump aides are concerned about what Trump will say during the meeting. According to several reports, senior advisers want Trump to include Fiona Hill, the National Security Council’s senior director for Europe and Russia and a top Kremlin critic, in the meeting to help stop Trump from acting too friendly toward Putin. Some worry that Putin’s history as a spy could enable him to get the drop on Trump.
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