After their first meeting on July 7, White House spokesman Sean Spicer and National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton confirmed that US President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin had an undisclosed second meeting after their dinner for world leaders and their spouses at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Reports say the US President was alone with Putin and his official interpreter for an hour. Meanwhile, the White House official denied that the government had “tried to ‘hide’ a second meeting and the accusation was “false, malicious and absurd.”
“Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is ‘sick.’ All G20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!” Trump tweeted later on.
The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
Trump added that he asked Putin over and over again about the claims of intervening with the US election. “I said, ‘Did you do it?’ He said, ‘No, I did not, absolutely not.’ I then asked him a second time, in a totally different way. He said, ‘Absolutely not.’”
The two leader’s relationship is being observed after allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign where the US intelligence believe Russia helped Trump in last year’s presidential election. Russia denied it while Trump has rejected any collusion.