Pres. Trump Warns Russian Pres. Putin Against Election Meddling

President Trump warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against election meddling during a bilateral meeting in Osaka on Friday.

President Trump warns Russian President Vladimir Putin against meddling in the 2020 election while in Japan for the annual G-20 Summit.

The president made the remarks while speaking to reporters during a bilateral meeting with Putin in Osaka.

A reporter asked the president if he told Putin not to meddle in the upcoming 2020 election, and President Trump responded by looking at his Russian counterpart saying, “Don’t meddle in the election.”

President Trump continued by touting the relationship he has with President Putin while suggesting it will yield, “Many positive things.”

The president went on to say topics taking center stage include trade and possible disarmament, while relations with Syria, Venezuela, Ukraine, and Iran were also reportedly discussed.

This was the first bilateral meeting between President Trump and Putin since the Helsinki meeting in Finland last year.

It is also the first time both leaders have met since the Mueller report was released, which asserted there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the last presidential election.

During a recent interview with Financial Times, Putin challenged the notion Russia interfered in the 2016 election coining it “mythical interference.”

Putin continued by praising President Trump for his hardline stance on border security and illegal immigration saying, “Every crime must have its punishment.”

President Trump arrived in Osaka, Japan, Thursday to attend the G-20 Summit and is expected to hold several bilateral meetings with world counterparts during the four-day visit.

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