Trump had second conversation with Putin in Germany

Pablo Tucker
July 19, 2017

President Trump held a second, informal meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month, according to Ian Bremmer, the president of the worldwide consulting firm Eurasia Group....

A senior White House official told CNN on Tuesday that the discussion lasted almost an hour.

News of the second conversation, which occurred at a private dinner at the G-20 Couples' Dinner, reignited concerns over Trump's relationship with Russian Federation.

According to a memo sent by the Eurasia Group to subscribers, Trump left his seat to sit next to Putin, who had been seated next to Trump's wife, Melania.

The dinner at the G-20, held July 7-8, occurred hours after Trump and Putin's lengthy formal meeting.

News of the conversation, first reported by Ian Bremmer, the president of political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, could raise renewed concern as Congress and a special counsel investigate allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered to help Trump, a Republican, win the presidency.

It follows growing accusations levelled at President Trump and his election claim over their alleged ties to Russian Federation.

See, it's ok, the press knew that Trump was going to have a secret dinner with Putin.

Speaking on NPR's All Things Considered, Bremmer said the discussion lasted about an hour and was unsettling to numerous other leaders present.

The development comes as Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr is mired in a controversy over taking help from Russian sources during the November elections.

Putin and Trump held a long-awaited formal meeting during the summit in which Trump pressed the Russian president on whether he interfered in the 2016 election.

Most recently, a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and others at Trump Tower has been under the microscope. Putin was seated next to USA first lady Melania Trump.

"Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister", he said.

One senior European official whose head of government was there played down the attention the Trump-Putin chat garnered, saying that it was not unusual for leaders to circulate or "withdraw to a corner" at such private gatherings.

"We're just wondering what happened there." she said.

Ben Rhodes, a former national security adviser for former President Barack Obama, said that the previous administration had a policy of disclosing such interactions.

On Tuesday, the Kremlin intensified its demands for that the Trump administration return two compounds in the United States that the Obama administration seized from Russian Federation last fall in retaliation for the election meddling.

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