Donald Trump decided to have some fun with the press before meeting with Vladimir Putin, fulfilling the wishes of a rowdy reporter by telling the Russian leader not to meddle in US elections.
The two leaders issued brief remarks to the press before beginning their closed-door meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on Friday. Trump mentioned trade and disarmament as two topics on the agenda – but apparently irked at least one reporter by failing to mention alleged Russian election interference.
“Mr. President, will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 elections?” a reporter shouted after Trump and Putin finished speaking.
“Yes, of course I will,” President Trump shot back. He then pointed at the Russian leader and said: “Don’t meddle in the elections please. Don’t meddle in the elections.” Putin then cracked a smile.
Their planned meeting has been described in ominous tones by Russiagate conspiracy theorists, even after the Mueller report failed to turn up evidence that Trump “colluded” with the Kremlin.