Trump To Meet With Putin By Himself Without Aides Present

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Prior to presidential aides joining the meeting, President Trump will meet with Vladimir Putin alone, according to CNN.

When President Donald Trump takes his first official meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month, the two will spend a portion of that time alone, CNN reported Monday.

The outlet noted that while aides and other officials are expected to join in the meeting afterward, there will be a portion of time that is undocumented, leaving open the question of what agreements might be reached privately between the two leaders.

Expected to be addressed during the summit are Russian election meddling, Syria and nuclear weapons.

The two leaders will meet in Helsinki on July 16. The meeting will be the first formal summit between Trump and Putin.

Trump and Putin held a bilateral meeting at the Group of 20 summit last year, with then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and two interpreters joining them.

The presidents also spoke for about an hour alone during a dinner at the summit last year, with Trump relying on the Russian leader's translator.

The idea that Trump would talk with Putin alone is troubling to some, as the president remains under investigation for potential collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

Trump has also waffled back and forth on whether he believes Russia did in fact interfere, asserting again recently on Twitter that Putin denies having meddled in the election.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said recently that the subject was raised during his preliminary meetings with his Russian counterparts ahead of the July summit, also indicating the issue would arise when Trump and Putin meet as well.

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ben

wtf. why not invite Kim-Jong Un and Duterte to come along to the dictators party??