WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin a second time during the G-20 summit earlier this month, a White House official confirmed to NBC News Tuesday.
Trump spoke to Putin at the end of a couples-only social dinner at the summit in Hamburg, Germany, the official said, reiterating it was a social dinner. Pull-asides are typically less formal than official bilateral meetings, which Trump and Putin also shared.
The White House did not previously disclose or offer a record of what was discussed during the meeting, which was first reported by Ian Bremmer, president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group.
Incredible detail: Trump relied on Putin’s translator, no US note taker. Akin to Jared’s back channel via Russian facilities https://t.co/NiYAwlUbay
— David Frum (@davidfrum) July 18, 2017
BREAKING: ATTENDEES AT SECRET JULY 7 MEETING
*Violation of protocol—U.S. translator must be present.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) July 18, 2017
From The Hill:
President Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally in Ohio next Tuesday in the wake of Senate Republicans hitting a major roadblock in their ObamaCare repeal efforts.
Trump is set to appear at a rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown at 7 p.m. on July 25. He has already held a number of campaign-style rallies since his election in November.
The event announced Tuesday will come a week after several Senate Republicans announced they will not support moving forward on a repeal-only plan for ObamaCare, effectively killing leadership’s backup plan after repeal-and-replace legislation also failed to garner the necessary support.
Trump vented frustration about the stalemate in the Senate in on-camera remarks on Tuesday.
“I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let ObamaCare fail,” Trump told reporters in the Roosevelt Room.
“We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let ObamaCare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”