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HuffPost Politics: July 7th, 2017

HuffPost Politics: What we know about Trump’s meeting with Putin.

HuffPost Politics

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Fridayat the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germanymarking the first face-to-face meeting between the two heads of state. 

Trump said that he and Putin discussed “various things” during their hours-long sit-down, originally only scheduled for 30 minutes. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also attended the meeting along with two translators.

The lengthy discussion was on par with Putin’s long first sit-downs with the past two U.S. presidents.

The meeting was so long, Tillerson said Trump’s wife, Melania, was sent in to encourage them to conclude the conversation. They continued to talk for almost another hour after she made her appearance.

Tillerson said the two discussed Russian interference in the U.S. election, and that Putin denied any involvement while asking the U.S. for evidence that hacking had taken place. Russian state media reports Putin and Trump also discussed Syria, Ukraine, counterterrorism and cybersecurity, according to CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Tillerson said he thought it was “positive” that “there was not a lot of relitigating of the past” during the meeting.

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

Trump kicked off the G-20 summit with a string of rage tweets referencing Russian election meddling. “Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!”

Trump’s voter fraud probe is contradicting itself on what information will be released. “They keep changing their story about what they’re collecting, what they’re releasing and how they’re storing it.”

A Guantanamo Bay “Freedom Fest” event featured a band whose music was used to torture detainees. Years after the military used Drowning Pool music in interrogations, the band was invited to play a 4th of July show.

 

 

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