President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in Vietnam Saturday, in line with the White House.
During the temporary badembly, which lasted lower than 5 minutes, the White House stated the 2 leaders mentioned a joint badertion on Syria, in addition to alleged Russian meddling within the 2016 election.
Trump spoke to reporters on Air Force One earlier than touchdown in Hanoi, Vietnam on Saturday night native time, reiterating that Putin stated he didn’t meddle within the election.
“He said he didn’t meddle,” Trump advised reporters. “He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times. I just asked him again. He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”
Asked if he believed Putin’s denial, the president didn’t instantly reply however recommended he didn’t instantly counter Putin’s denial.
“Well look I can’t stand there and argue with him,” Trump stated. “I’d reasonably have him get out of Syria to be trustworthy with you. I’d reasonably have him, , work with him on the Ukraine than standing and arguing about whether or not or not [Russia meddled in the election], as a result of that entire factor was arrange by the Democrats. I imply they ought to take a look at [former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John] Podesta. They ought to take a look at the entire issues they’ve executed with the phony file.”
Trump went on to say that he believes Putin “means it” when he denies meddling within the election.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. But he says, ‘I didn’t do that.’ I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country,” Trump stated.
He additionally recommended that the problem of North Korea could be much more simply resolved “if we had relationship with Russia. … It would be helped a lot.”
The White House confirmed that the badembly pbaded off on Saturday after having dominated out a proper badembly would happen only a day prior, citing scheduling conflicts on each side, after weeks of hypothesis on the subject.
Per an announcement from Russia, the 2 leaders “agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria” and political resolution should come by the Geneva course of. Russia additionally additionally “expressed their satisfaction with successful U.S.-Russia enhanced de-confliction efforts” and agreed to maintain open traces of communication between the U.S. and Russia army.
The White House launched a joint badertion later, after Trump landed in Hanoi, echoing these sentiments. Trump stated the 2 leaders “agreed very quickly” to the badertion.
“The two Presidents discussed the ongoing need to reduce human suffering in Syria and called on all U.N. member states to increase their contributions to address these humanitarian needs over the coming months,” the badertion launched by the State Department stated.
“In addition, President Trump noted that he had a good meeting with President Putin,” it continued. “He further noted that the successful implementation of the agreements announced today will save thousands of lives.”
In addition to the one-on-one badembly, Trump and Putin have been noticed shaking fingers and carrying on dialog on a minimum of three separate events over the course of two days on the financial summit.
Trump had beforehand advised reporters that he anticipated to fulfill with Putin sooner or later throughout his journey.
“I think it’s expected we’ll meet with Putin, yeah,” Trump advised reporters on Air Force One, as he kicked off his tour of Asia.
Though the White House by no means confirmed that the badembly would happen, the Kremlin had beforehand stated the “likelihood is great” for a one-on-one badembly between the 2 leaders and that the matter was within the works for weeks.
The White House has been vocal in its criticism of Russia over its help of the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad, instantly calling on the Kremlin to stop its “egregious” help of the Syrian chief as a years-long civil struggle drags on within the nation.
While the subject of Syria seems to have dominated the badembly, there are strained tensions between the 2 international locations on a variety of different points, together with the nuclear standoff with North Korea, recent U.S. sanctions towards Russia and the continued investigations into Russia’s meddling within the 2016 presidential election and questions of potential collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and the Kremlin.
The two leaders beforehand crossed paths on the G-20 Summit in Germany this summer season, the place their first official bilateral badembly lasted for greater than two hours. The two males additionally had one other concerned interplay at a gathering throughout the summit.