Wednesday, 19 July 2017


Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had an additional, previously undisclosed chat at this month's G20 summit in Hamburg, the White House acknowledged on Tuesday. 

 After a brief greeting at the start of the two-day summit and a two-hour bilateral meeting with their foreign ministers on July 7, Trump and Putin also chatted over dinner on the final night of the summit, an official said. 

 "There was a couples-only social dinner at the G20," a White House official told AFP. "Toward the end, the president spoke to Putin at the dinner." The disclosure has raised questions about what the pair talked about, who was present and why the meeting was not previously mentioned. 

 The Trump administration has been besieged by allegations that the president's closest advisors colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. Trump's eldest son Donald junior recently released emails showing he held a meeting during the campaign with Kremlin-connected figures, hoping to get dirt on his dad's election rival Hillary Clinton. 

 "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. Mrs. Trump was seated next to President Putin." "During the course of the dinner, all the leaders circulated throughout the room and spoke with one another freely.

 "Each couple was allowed one translator. The American translator accompanying President Trump spoke Japanese. When President Trump spoke to President Putin, the two leaders used the Russian translator, since the American translator did not speak Russian." 
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