Over the last week, media coverage has primarily focused on the G-20 summit and the meeting of the world’s greatest leaders. All eyes have been on President Vladimir Putin and President Trump. Especially the interaction between the two leaders. A Kremlin-backed media outlet called RT is insisting that Donald Trump said thank you in Russian to the Russian President. This was alleged during their face to face meeting in Hamburg, Germany.
When they sat down on Friday they faced a whole slew of reporters, cameras, and photographers. Video clips and eyewitness accounts could not verify or prove that Trump indeed said thank you in Russian to Putin. The White House has not responded to the Daily Mail for comment yet.
During his public remarks to various media outlets, President Trump said it was a pleasure and honor to meet with Putin. He proceeded to offer his hand for a handshake with our frenemy. The noise from all the cameras made it difficult to hear anything let along differentiate what he said. An American reporter indicated he heard the President say,
“We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, and for the United States and for everybody concerned. And it’s an honor to be with you.”
All that can be heard from an audio of the encounter is Trump saying something that begins with the s sound. But that could mean a variety of different things. But that sound is not heard on any other audios only that one. The RT is not an outlet that should have too much credence given to them. A few moments later Putin reportedly indicated he was delighted to engage in the meeting with the new President.
Back in January the Director of National Intelligence called the RT outlet the Kremlin’s principal international propaganda outlet. Shortly after RT reported this incident a Vietnamese outlet picked it up as well and the rest is history. Now it has gone viral and has been reported on by American outlets as well.
Neither world leader was alone on this trip. Each of them had their own small entourage to accompany them. For President Trump that included Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as well as a translator. For President Putin that included his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as well as a translator of his own. First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner also accompanied the President on his overall trip.
The Presidents discussed everything from NATO arms buildups to the ongoing political issue in Ukraine. However, administration officials would not admit whether the President was seeking to increase the pressure on Moscow and despite reporters questions about the topic, President Trump dodged them artfully.
In reference to allegations that President Putin facilitated an interference in the 2016 presidential election, President Putin said the following at the Saturday press conference,
“[Trump] asked a lot of questions on this subject, I was able to answer — answered all of these questions. I think he took this into consideration and agreed, but, in fact, how he reacted to this — ask him.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson commented on the matter saying,
“The Russians have asked for proof and evidence. I’ll leave that to the intelligence community to address the answer to that question. And again, I think the president, at this point, he pressed him and then felt like at this point let’s talk about how do we go forward.”
CBS reported the following,
“Putin’s comments align with those of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who told reporters in a press conference Friday after the two world leaders met face-to-face for the first time that Mr. Trump accepted Putin’s assertion that Russians did not meddle in the election. Lavrov claimed Mr. Trump said, “Some circles continue to pump up the topic of Russian interference in the American elections though they can’t prove it.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a Friday press conference would not say whether Mr. Trump unequivocally asserted whether he believes Russians meddled in the election. According to Tillerson, Putin denied any role in hacking the 2016 election when Mr. Trump broached the subject at the beginning of the meeting, and the two moved on despite the “intractable” differences between the two countries.”
“The Russians have asked for proof and evidence,” Tillerson said as he briefed reporters after the more than two-hour meeting Friday. “I’ll leave that to the intelligence community to address the answer to that question. And again, I think the president, at this point, he pressed him and then felt like at this point let’s talk about how do we go forward.”
Early on Saturday, Mr. Trump said he had a “tremendous meeting” with Putin, his first comments on the high-profile talks with the Russian leader.
Russian officials sought to address the conflicting accounts. Asked about the discrepancies on Saturday, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov joked, “Trust Lavrov. I don’t work for Tillerson.”
In his Saturday press conference, Putin said he thought their personal relationship was “established.”
“I do not know how this will sound, but I will say as I see it: Trump on TV is very different from the real person,” the Russian leader said.
Unlike what the mainstream liberal media would like to portray President Trump is doing an impeccable job at establishing a better relationship with Russia. Unlike under the Obama administration. He should not be castigated for that. Peace between our countries means peace for the whole world. President Trump understands that.
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