White House officials revealed that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions, during their meeting, in regards to Russian interference in the presidential election, contradicting his previous statements.
On Friday, Trump and Putin held a meeting at the Group of 20 Summit in Germany amidst the cloud of the US probe into Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election and also following disagreements in Syria and Ukraine. Later on Sunday, Trump sent out a tweet regarding the content of the conversation, proclaiming that no sanctions were discussed against Russia.
Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, told reporters in a press briefing that Trump and Putin did, in fact, discuss sanctions in relation to Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“There were sanctions specific to election meddling that I believe were discussed, but not beyond that,” Sanders told reporters. The secretary went on to claim that Trump’s perception of the sanctions on Russia was not affected by the outcome of the meeting between the two.
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