12:46, July 07 157 0

2017-07-07 12:46:05

 

Don’t expect to find out what Trump & Putin really talked about

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their first meeting today at the G20 summit in Germany, and the topic of conversation was as hotly debated as it was kept quiet.

While top Senate Democrats sent him a letter asking him to pressure Putin over Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, and the Human Rights Campaign‘s Chad Griffin penned an open letter asking him to grill Putin over the abuses of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, neither of those issues seem likely to be on the table.

Ahead of the meeting, in front of gathered media, Trump said it was an honor to be with Putin, who noted that they had talked on the phone before but that a phone conversation is never enough.

Both kept things vague, and neither election meddling, nor abuses of the LGBT community in Chechnya, as well as Russia, came up before they headed into their closed door meeting.

In truth, what is said in the meeting is likely to remain at least partially hidden in shadows. Only Trump, Putin, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Putin’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and two interpreters will be present.

When Trump met with Lavrov last, in the White House, he not only spilled sensitive security information, he also said he fired former FBI director James Comey over the investigation he was leading into possible connections between Trump’s campaign and the Russians.

We learned of those remarks due to notes taken from inside the Oval Office during the meeting. This meeting will have no note-takers present.

It seems Trump is not eager to repeat that mistake, nor will Tillerson wish to see the president make yet another unforced error.

While the full details won’t likely emerge, some topics are likely to emerge.

Already, the Associated Press is reporting, based on U.S. officials speaking on condition of anonymity, that Russia and America have agreed to a ceasefire in Syria.

Meanwhile, the talk has run noticeably long, leaving everyone to speculate what else is being discussed and offered, and commenting on the length of the meeting.


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