By Griffen Smith | USA/RUSSIA
Friday morning President Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.
The two sides talked for over two hours behind closed doors. Before the meeting, Trump stated, “We look forward to a lot of very positive happenings for Russia and for the United States and for everyone concerned.” Inside the meeting contained a more constrained tone. Secretary of Sate Rex Tillerson released a statement on how tensions built.
The President opened the meeting with President Putin by raising the concerns of the American people regarding the Russian interference in the 2016 election. They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject. The President pressed President Putin on more than one occasion regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement as I think he has in the past.
When the talks on the 2016 election subsided, Syria took its place. Both presidents agreed to a cease-fire, but they used the term broadly and there is not an actual implementation date. However, it is a good sign to have these leaders talking about tough issues. Syria is on the brink of becoming a Proxy war between America and Russia, talking about it is the start towards peace.
The last topic of discussion was North Korea, and Trump’s concern that Russia and China are becoming closer allies. Just this year, Russia and China’s trade with each other is up 30%. Trump is eager to get Russia away from China to somehow combat North Korea. Russia is not known to have relations with the North Koreans.
Trump still has almost a dozen bilateral meetings to go, but it appears he has handled the most difficult one today.