A key disagreement is emerging from President Trump’s meeting with Vladimir Putin.
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for over two hours on Friday for a meeting that was only scheduled to last 30 minutes. The one-on-one heard ’round the world is generating significant coverage in the U.S. and overseas.
The U.S. and Russia apparently agreed to a ceasefire deal in southwestern Syria, talked about Ukraine, and discussed Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election after Trump kicked off the meeting with the subject.
A key disagreement between the U.S. and Russia has emerged from the meeting, though: whether Trump accepted Putin’s claim that Russia did not interfere in last year’s election.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin’s claim:
BREAKING: Russian foreign minister says Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Russia didn't meddle in the U.S. election.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2017
A White House official told CNN’s Jim Acosta that Trump did not accept Putin’s claim:
Senior admin official tells me POTUS did not accept Putin claim of non-interference in last year's election.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) July 7, 2017
Who’s right? That may be a key question as politicians and pundits react to the meeting this weekend.
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