It was supposed to last just 30 minutes but ended up going two hours. But even that wasn’t enough time because news just broke that the world leaders had a second, secret meeting afterward!
Ian Bremmer, a political scientist and head of the Eurasia group, revealed the informal meeting during an interview with Charlie Rose on Tuesday.
Not only did that last another hour, but according to Bremmer no one else was present to hear their convo except a Russian translator on Putin’s team. Not a single White House official was there to corroborate what Trump and the Russian president spoke about.
The White House did confirm this meeting took place, though they take issue with the characterization of it as a meeting, calling it instead a a “brief conversation at the end of a dinner.”
It was a brief convo that lasted an hour, and it was between two world leaders whose ties to one another and when they began are the subject of intense scrutiny at the moment, but sure, make your semantic argument. The White House statement continued:
“The insinuation that the White House has tried to ├óΓé¼╦£hide’ a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd. It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a President’s duties, to interact with world leaders.”
They weren’t trying to hide it, they just planned never to tell us about it if we hadn’t discovered it some other way.
We think we heard this argument on Jerry Springer once…
Bremmer, the man who thought it was worth the American people knowing about in the first place, has a different take on the meeting. He said:
“You have an hour that evening that no one’s even heard of. We clearly know that Trump does not care what the media has to say about his desire to have a close, personal relationship with the Russian president, and what drives it…
Never in my life as a political scientist have I seen two countries, major countries, with a constellation of national interests that are as dissonant, while the two leaders seem to be doing everything possible to make nice and be close to each other.”
Yeah. Scary stuff.
And he isn’t the only one who thinks so!
Ch-ch-check out some of the reactions to the news from politicians, journalists, and celebs (below)!
Trump has things to say to Putin that he wants literally nobody in the US govt to hear, very much including his own National Security team
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ David Frum (@davidfrum) July 18, 2017
Not even kidding – I bet Trump was lonely at dinner because nobody wanted to talk to him so he sat with Putin.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 19, 2017
How do we know 2nd Trump-Putin meeting was NEFARIOUS? Because @POTUS tried to keep it a secret & he didn’t even trust Tillerson to be there. https://t.co/btAcY1VDhY
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 19, 2017
This is not a pull-aside. Not an informal chat: Trump-Putin meeting “nearly an hour”, aide says
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 18, 2017
BREAKING: ATTENDEES AT SECRET JULY 7 MEETING
*Violation of protocol├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥U.S. translator must be present.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) July 18, 2017
Everyone is overreacting to the Trump & Putin private meeting. Relax. It might have been Trump’s performance review.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) July 18, 2017
The Trump-Putin meeting means:
A) He’s insane
B) Believes Germans weren’t recording
C) Had to report directly to Putin
D) All of the above
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) July 19, 2017
Trump: “I had a secret meeting with Putin”
Trump and Putin were meeting to plan a special surprise for your birthday but now that the secret’s out they’re not going to do it. Happy?
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 18, 2017
Donald Trump met with Putin two times @ G20
He never met with US Democrat Senators on healthcare
He just bashes Dems
& compliments Putin
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 19, 2017
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