U.S. President Donald Trump is facing criticism for failing to disclose about a second private meeting he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a G20 Summit Meeting in Hamburg, Germany earlier this month.
The second private meeting occurred after their first 2 hour scheduled bilateral meeting between the two world leaders.
President Trump didn’t provide a translator to the second meeting and relied on a translator from Russian President Putin, so there is no official record of their private meeting.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told CNN that President Trump’s undisclosed private 2nd meeting broke away from established diplomatic protocols.
“This kind of private meeting is virtually unprecedented in the diplomatic world” said Sen. Blumenthal on CNN.
“There seems to be a pattern of reckless or willful concealment of contacts with Russians” said Sen. Blumenthal.
A senior White House official told CNN that the 2nd private meeting with Russian President Putin lasted nearly an hour.
President Trump’s campaign ties with the Kremlin has raised concerns and the U.S. intelligence community remains unified in accepting the view that Russian meddling during the 2016 U.S. presidential election was ordered from the highest levels of Russia’s government aimed to help Trump to become elected to the White House over Hillary Clinton.
President Trump used Twitter today to tweet, “Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is “sick.” All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!”
Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is "sick." All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
President Trump will have lunch with GOP U.S. senators today to discuss their unsuccessful efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell still wants to hold a vote early next week in the Senate to repeal Obamacare.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 18, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed on Monday that the defeat of Republican efforts in the Senate to repeal and replace Obamacare is proof that the core of the Republican’s proposed healthcare bill is unworkable.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 18, 2017
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