U.S., Russia disagree about what was said at Trump-Putin meeting

As recently as Thursday, Trump told reporters that "nobody really knows" who meddled in the election.
By Miriam Griffin | Jul 10, 2017
It did not take long for differing accounts to emerge as to what was said between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Hamburg, Germany, Friday about alleged Moscow meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, as reported by Bloomberg. "What the two presidents, I think, rightly focused one is, how do we move forward? Because it's not clear to me that we will ever come to some agreed-upon resolution of that question between the two nations."

On the other hand, Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, suggested in a separate news conference that Trump accepted Putin's assurance that Moscow had not meddled in the U.S. election.

"Trump said he'd heard President Putin's clear statements that wasn't true and that the Russian government didn't interfere in these elections, and that he accepts these statements," Lavrov said, adding, "President Trump noted that in the United States some circles continue to pump up the topic of Russian interference in the American elections, though they can't prove it."

Because only six people attended the long-anticipated meeting Trump, Putin, Tillerson, Lavrov, and two translators what actually was said during the two-hour conversation may never be known.

"There was a very clear positive chemistry between the two [leaders]," Tillerson said, as reported by The New York Times. "There was not a lot of re-litigating of the past."

As recently as Thursday, Trump told reporters that "nobody really knows" who meddled in the election.


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