Trump explains what he and Putin talked about during second conversation


Liberal news outlets are still freaking out about a conversation President Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a G20 dinner earlier this month.

News reports of Trump’s “previously undisclosed” and “secret” after-dinner conversation with Putin broke after Ian Bremmer, president of the political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, told CNBC about it on Wednesday.

“I learned about it last week and was surprised it didn’t come out and didn’t write about it till Monday – most journalists in the business of breaking news would have put it out immediately,” Bremmer told Newsweek, adding, “I, kind of, assumed other people would have heard about this or spoken about it. When it was apparent that nobody did and that this was a significant meeting with only the Russians with a readout on it … and we even heard they were close to a deal on getting the two pieces of property for the Russians engaged in surveillance in the United States, which wasn’t discussed in the formal G20 meeting, but it seems likely Putin did bring up privately … it just, kind of, felt like if I didn’t mention it, no one was going to know, and that struck me as, kind of, crazy.”

Bremmer added to the conspiracy theories, saying, “Never in my life as a political scientist, have I seen two countries with a constellation of national interests so dissonant, while the two leaders seem to be doing everything to be doing nice-nice and be close to one another.”

“President Trump, can you share with us what you discussed with Putin?” tweeted Bremmer. For his part, the president described reports on the meeting as “sick” and “fake news” in responding tweets.

The White House has since confirmed the so-called “meeting,” but a spokesperson disputed Bremmer’s claim (it doesn’t sound like Bremmer was even there) that it lasted an hour.

“There was no ‘second meeting’ between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner,” the official said. “The insinuation that the White House has tried to ‘hide’ a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.”

The world leaders used the Russian translator to speak with each other because the American translator accompanying President Trump spoke Japanese.

“It was not a long conversation, but it was, you know, could be 15 minutes,” Trump told The New York Times. He added some interesting tidbits that will certainly get more media scrutiny, saying, “[We] just talked about things. Actually, it was very interesting, we talked about adoption. … Interesting, because it was a part of the conversation that Don had in that meeting.”

Another recently disclosed meeting between the president’s son and several people with ties to Russia was also said to have been about adoption… whenever it wasn’t about the misdeeds of Hillary Clinton.

U.S. adoptions of Russian children were banned by Moscow in retaliation for human rights sanctions imposed by the United States.

Putin was seated next to First Lady Melania Trump at the G-20 dinner for leaders and spouses. “I went down just to say hello to Melania, and while I was there, I said hello to Putin,” Trump recalled, saying the exchange took place at the end of the meal.

After seeing the story blow up in the media, President Trump tweeted about it as yet another example of “fake news.”

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