While questions are still left unanswered about Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. election process, U.S. President Donald Trump finally got the opportunity to meet face to face with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
In an early morning tweet from the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Trump tweeted, ““I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..” In fact, Trump claims to have pressed Putin twice over these allegations.
Earlier in the week, Trumped stated that Russia could have interfered in the US election process during the 2016 Presidential election cycle. He also stated that other countries and special interest groups could have been just as involved. In his opinion, “nobody really knows for sure.”
At a separate briefing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that he believed the US’ investigation into Russia’s alleged election interference was “strange and bizarre”, considering that thus far, “not a single fact has been presented” to support the allegations. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was present during President Trump’s meeting with Putin, confirmed that the President had indeed pressed Putin on the subject.
Not everyone was satisfied with the cordial meeting between the world’s top two leaders. On this past weekend’s “Meet The Press,” former CIA Director John Brennan expressed his displeasure with how the meeting went down.
“He said it’s an honor to meet President Putin,” Brennan said. “An honor to meet the individual who carried out the assault against our election? To me, it was a dishonorable thing to say.”
Fortunately, President Trump and Putin had the opportunity to address more urgent matters. The two men were able to successfully negotiate the initial parts of a proposed cease fire in Syria. They also discussed the prospects of establishing a co-managed cyber security unit as a means of stopping hacking issues in the future.