Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin met for private, undisclosed, chat at G20

Not a single White House official was there to corroborate what Trump and the Russian president spoke about.

NY [U.S.], July 19: Following reports emerging of Donald Trump having a second, undisclosed meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, the U.S. President asserted that it was no secret meeting and that the press was informed.

There was no immediate comment from the White House on the reasons for the meeting.

The White House did not previously disclose or offer a record of the meeting at the dinner, where Putin was seated next to first lady Melania Trump.

"At the dinner, President Trump was seated between Mrs Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, and Mrs Macri, wife of the President of Argentina".

"No staff or Cabinet were at the dinner at all, for any of the countries", Anton said, adding that translators were present.

Reporters who were outside the dinner saw both presidents leave around the same time, shortly after 11 p.m. local time.

The Trump White House has been rocked by controversy in recent weeks as details of a meeting between his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., several other Trump campaign officials and a Kremlin-connected lawyer emerged.

Bremmer first reported the Trump-Putin meeting Tuesday in a newsletter sent to his clients.

The New York Times described it as a private, hourlong conversation and the contents of the meeting remain unknown. Each country was only allowed only one translator, the White House said, and the U.S. one only spoke Japanese.

"The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest!" he said in a series of posts on Twitter on Tuesday evening.

Their formal meeting - their first face-to-face talks amid investigations in the United States into possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign figures during last year's presidential vote - lasted more than two hours, despite being scheduled for only half-an-hour. No other USA officials were present for the conversation, which used the services of a Russian government interpreter, the White House said.

According to AP, it was unclear how long Trump and Putin spoke during their second encounter in Hamburg. Such conversations are perfectly normal for these highly scrutinized summits, but even informal conversations are often read-out to the press, in part to avoid the disclosure situation the Trump Administration now finds itself in. The White House, however, said only one translator per delegation was permitted at the dinner, and Trump had with him an interpreter who spoke Japanese, but not Russian. Trump said in another tweet.

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