President Donald Trump’s eldest son eagerly agreed in June 2016 to meet Veselnitskaya, a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton, according to emails released by Trump Jr.
The second meeting, undisclosed at the time, took place at a dinner for G-20 leaders, a senior administration official said. During the meal, Trump left his own seat to occupy a chair next to Putin.
Donald Trump had an hour-long one-on-one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the July 7 G20 dinner in Germany, according to the US media. A White House official confirmed the Trump-Putin interaction on Tuesday.
Separately, the White House said on Tuesday that United States Republican President Donald Trump had nominated Jon Huntsman, a former Utah governor and envoy to China under former Democratic President Barack Obama, as U.S. ambassador to Russia.
“Look, it’s very easy for me to say absolutely, I won’t. That’s the easy thing for me to do, but that’s the stupid thing to do. Let’s be the smart people not the stupid people,” Trump said. He wants to make great deals with Russia and added that these deals would affect Moscow.
Accusations that Moscow meddled in the election and colluded with the Trump campaign have dominated Trump’s first months in office. Russia denies meddling, and Trump says there was no collusion.
Donald Trump also said that if Clinton would have been elected as the President, US military “would be decimated”. “So there are many things that I do that are the exact opposite of what he would want. So what I keep hearing about that he would have rather had Trump, I think ‘probably not,” he added.
Not many may have noticed that the original photo didn’t have Vladimir Putin in the photo at all. So, while one user alleged it was photoshopped by Russian press, the actual photo by the Associated Press shows that the chair in which Putin has been photoshopped belonged to Theresa May.
Confirming what is probably going through the minds of a lot of people right now, one Twitter user rightly observed that “We are living in House of Cards!” “When you’re watching the news but you’ve seen it all before on House of Cards,” wrote another.
Angela Merkel in between the discussion seems to indicate a missile pattern with her hand, to which Vlandimir Putin responds by shaking his head in disapproval, wagging his finger at her and explaining things to her. This is when she gives the epic eye-roll.
The face-to-face encounter between Trump and Putin at a Group of 20 summit in Germany was one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between two leaders in years. Trump promised a rapprochement with Moscow during his campaign for the presidency last year.
The billionaire tycoon and the ex-KGB agent’s meeting in the German port city of Hamburg promises to be one of the year’s most scrutinised political encounters. Ahead of the meeting, both men said they were looking forward to finally sitting down for talks.
The United States and EU and other countries have imposed a raft of sanctions against Russia for its seizure of Crimea in 2014 and its backing for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russia has responded with measures of its own, including a ban on western food imports.
The meeting, due to be held on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, will explore whether there is a possibility and readiness for the two countries to fight international terrorism together in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.
North Korea said on Tuesday it had successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time, which flew a trajectory that experts said could allow a weapon to hit the U.S. state of Alaska