President Trump said he had a “big meeting” with Russian President Vladimir Poutine, his first public description of the session closely followed with the Russian leader who lasted more than two hours on Friday in Hamburg, Germany.
Trump commented on reporters gathered for the start of his scheduled meeting with British PM Theresa May at the G-20 meeting on Saturday.
“[Secretary of State Rex Tillerson] and I had a great meeting yesterday with President Putin, and we have had very good meetings with many people,” Trump said, adding that he and May were “developed a very special relationship” and the two Intend to discuss a “very, very large” trade in their meeting.
Trump and Putin agreed to a limited ceasefire in southwestern Syria and discussed how to bridge their differences over Ukraine, ending North Korea’s nuclear program and threats to cyber security.
But the White House and the Kremlin have offered seemingly contradictory accounts of their discussions about US intelligence findings of Russian interference in the US elections in 2016.
Tillerson, who has long met Mr Poutine and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Trump has expressed concern about Moscow’s interference in the elections, and Putin denied that Russia was involved. Lavrov said that Trump accepted Putin’s denial.
Trump said it is a “deception” that Russia has acted to influence the elections. At a press conference in Warsaw Wednesday Trump refused to definitively blame Putin’s government for taking the hand in the robbery and broadcasting of the democratic party e-mail parties.
“I think it was Russia, and it could have been other people in other countries,” he said. “I think a lot of people have erased.”