President Donald Trump got right to the task of raising and dispensing with the issue of the supposedly one-sided Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election during his first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin. Trump asked, Putin denied and ultimately President Trump accepted his denial. [WATCH VIDEO BELOW]
Of course both nations interfere in the elections of the other to a degree, and have for decades, this conversation served the purpose of beginning to put the issue to rest and forming a framework for future relations. Tillerson described it as an “intractable disagreement.”
Most importantly, it served as the means to put the incessant haranguing about Russia, Russia, Russia from the leftist media to rest and to discourage future offenses. Both men are anxious to silence the media that is intent on creating a story where there is little or none.
The meeting, which was scheduled for thirty minutes during the G-20 summit meeting, ended up running two hours and fifteen minutes. Joining Presidents Trump and Putin in the room were Secretary of State Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, along with two translators.
Tillerson said, “The president opened the meeting with President Putin by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in 2016 election. They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. The President pressed President on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement, President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past.
“The two leaders agreed, though, that this is a substantial hindrance in the ability of us to move the Russian – US relationship forward, and agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the U.S. and our democratic process as well as other countries, so more work to be done in that regard.”
Tillerson’s comments came in an off-camera briefing today in Hamburg, Germany.
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