The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has just got its hands on a ‘White House released’ transcript of Trump’s second meeting with Putin. You know, the one that was previously undisclosed.
Okay, everyone knows The Daily Show is comedy. But, this is still pretty hilarious.
On a more serious note, the fact that Trump didn’t disclose the meeting is rather troublesome. And, that’s an understatement.
Ian Bremmer, president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group first reported the meeting and now it’s all over news. It supposedly took place just hours after the two leaders formal sit-down together broadcast to the world.
The only people in the off the record one-hour secret meeting were Trump, Putin, and Putin’s translator according to one report. MSNBC is just now reporting that a translator was not, in fact, present.
The key question is, why did the White House not report it?
Right now Trump is being personally investigated for criminal actions by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as Trump’s closest associates including the Trump family for Russia collision. The last thing Trump needs is the perception he’s colluding with the Russian president.
So, what’s the big deal you might ask? Well, for one, if they spoke on the phone, there would be a record of the call and a transcript of its contents. Meeting in secret one on one with no one else in the room means there’s virtually no way to tell what was said. They can discuss things they might otherwise not be able to. Given the political climate, and Trump’s butt being on the line concerning the outcome of all the investigations currently going on in the FBI, Congress, Justice Department, etc, the meeting is being looked at as extremely suspicious.
At the very minimum, it should have been made public. It wasn’t. We may never know what was truly said between the two. For now, at least, we can just imagine what was discussed. The Daily Show’s imagination of what happened will have to suffice for now.