Tillerson says Trump 'pressed' Putin on election meddling

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 12, 2017

In a confusing reversal on Sunday evening, Trump said that although he had discussed a joint cybersecurity unit at his G20 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, such a project "can't" happen.

Lavrov, following Putin and Trump's first face-to-face meeting, held an on-camera briefing that was streamed live on Russian media.

'He vehemently denied it.

Trump himself avoided that point, saying only, "I've already given my opinion".

"We are not going to make comments about what other people say", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters onboard Air Force One, according to audio of the press gaggle.

In the beginning, their meeting was scheduled to last for about 30 minutes but it dragged on for more than two hours and even Melania Trump was not able to put an end to it.

Speaking in a series of tweets the morning after returning from a world leaders' summit in Germany, Trump said he "strongly pressed" Putin twice over Russian meddling during their meeting Friday.

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"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded. and safe", Trump wrote. Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), Tillerson's reasoning is flawed, and "will only encourage Russian Federation to further interfere in our elections in the future".

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Priebus said the meeting majorly concentrated on the issue of Russian Federation meddling in the USA elections.

Investigations by a special counsel, Robert Mueller, and several USA congressional committees are looking into whether Russian Federation interfered in the election and colluded with Trump's campaign.

The Times continued: "The previously unreported meeting was also attended by Mr. Trump's campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort, as well as the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner".

"Nobody really knows for sure", he said.

Tillerson said that, "In all candidness, we did not expect an answer other than the one we received" from Russian Federation.

"And, I think President Trump handled it brilliantly".

Trump's posture toward Putin has left allies both baffled and anxious, particularly against the backdrop of the investigations into whether his campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during last year's election.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted the partnership would not happen.

"If that's our best election defense, we might as well just mail our ballot boxes to Moscow", he said.

"I think what the two presidents, I think rightly, focused on is, how do we move forward", he said.

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