(Above: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin at their first meeting, today.)
President Trump and Vladimir Putin met today at the G-20 Summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany amidst protests (featuring one Bill De Blasio, the mayor of New York City). The two spoke for close to two and a half hours--much longer than expected and significantly longer than either of the two leaders had planned. In a move that seemingly went against his initial plans and public expectations, President Trump asked Putin about potential Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin denied the claims. Some sources, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, say that this issue may be at an impasse, but that the two countries should try to move past it. The two spent the majority of the time discussing the Syrian conflict, and it appears that a temporary cease-fire has been devised.
It will be interesting to hear what Trump and Putin talked about as those details are revealed in the coming days.
Have a great weekend, all!