Trump-Putin Meeting Lasts More Than Two Hours
Trump-Putin held their first face-to-face meeting in Hamburg, Germany at the G20 Summit. The meeting, which was originally planned for 30-45 minutes lasted longer than two hours. During the meeting the two leaders agreed to a US, Russia ceasefire, in southwest Syria to begin on Sunday at noon Damascus time. This is a new level of US involvement in an attempt to try to resolve Syria’s civil war. The two countries have supported opposing sides in the war.
“It’s an Honour to be with You”
“It’s an honour to be with you,” President Trump told Russian president Vladimir Putin. “I’m delighted to be able to meet you personally Mr President. And I hope as you have said, our meeting will yield concrete results.” Trump said he and Putin were holding “very, very good talks.” The two leaders were joined by Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, and Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister for the meeting. There were also two interpreters present.
President Trump said, “President Putin and I have been discussing various things. I think it’s going very well, we’ve had some very, very good talks,” the leader told reporters who were allowed into the room briefly before the official meeting commenced.
The two presidents discussed a variety of topics during their meeting. Many people believed that Trump would not mention the Russian election tampering. However, he did, and Tillerson reported that Trump ‘pressed Putin’ on election tampering. Putin once again denied any tampering. Trump and Putin also discussed the situation in Ukraine and Syria, the fight again terrorism and cybersecurity.
Putin concluded, following the meeting, “I had a very lengthy conversation with the President of the United States, there were a lot of issues such as Ukraine, Syria, and other problems, some bilateral issues.”