Press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed Trump and Putin spoke at the G-20 heads of state dinner, hours after their formal bilateral sit-down. But he wasn’t able to say how long they spoke or what they discussed.
According to Tuesday reports, in their second conversation, Trump spoke with the Russian leader for roughly an hour, joined only by Putin’s translator. The meeting had previously gone without mention by the administration.
“There was a couples only social dinner at the G-20. Toward the end, the president spoke to Putin at the dinner,” National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said.
Trump’s interactions with Putin are the subject of particularly intense scrutiny in the U.S., because of the ongoing special counsel and congressional investigations into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
That Trump was not joined in the conversation by his own translator is a breach of national security protocol, according to Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, though one that the president likely would not know about.
O novo normal anormal de Trump parece passar por interromper a história do encontro do Donald Jr para anunciar o seu próprio segundo encontro com Vladimir Putin (até ao momento) mantido em segredo. Numa ideia, a doutrina Trump reside na capacidade de distracção de tudo o que o que o próprio Trump e a sua família fazem com o precioso detalhe do Presidente norte-americano de se ter reunido a sós com o bully do Kremlin e do tradutor russo.
Leitura complementar: Trump, Russia, and the Misconduct of Public Men.