The White House failed to report a second meeting President Trump had with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Group 20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month.
Ian Bremmer, president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group reported the meeting. 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.
This is still a breaking news story.