Trump and Putin seek to restore relations in lengthy G20 Summit meeting

Trump and Putin seek to restore relations in lengthy G20 Summit meeting

Aric Lee Kirsten, Real Time Updates Contributor

Russia. Election. Meddling. These were the three most common words circling through viewers’ heads as they watched President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin unfold. The two leaders met Friday, July 7th, at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. 

The G20 summit is an annual gathering of 20 world leaders, representing their countries in various different aspects of political ideologies, most notably: economic and social growth. 
While many tuned in to see the backlash President Trump would face from his recent withdrawal of the Paris climate agreement, most viewers wanted to see the grudge match of the year, Trump vs. Putin. 

It was expected by many media outlets that the President would not even bring up the issue of the 2016 election hacking, considering the fraudulent story of collusion between the Trump administration and the Kremlin. Not only did Trump bring up the matter, but according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, he “pressed” Putin on a few different occasions, even having a “robust and lengthy exchange on the subject.” 

Russian President Putin denies any hacking in the election, contrary to the statements made by 4 top U.S. intelligence agencies. Media reports conclude that the meeting between the two Presidents went smoothly, but many readers felt there was a lack of commitment on the issue of election hacking by President Trump. 

Some twitter users were not happy with Trump’s ‘pass’ for Putin:


One Twitter user found a mutual respect between the two Presidents:


Even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tweeted:

Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, declared that Trump “accepted” the denial made by Putin, while the White House tells another story. Rex Tillerson commented that the conduct between the two Presidents was more representative of a plea to move forward, rather than “re-litigating history.” 

Russian election meddling aside, the President’s first meeting in person with Vladimir Putin was successful, being hailed as  “positive chemistry” between the two parties. They heavily discussed matters of Syria and Russian occupation of Crimea as well. 

The meeting was originally scheduled to be 45 minutes, but the extended conversation went on for about two hours, even forcing Putin to be an hour late to his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Putin even mentioned himself and President Trump owing Abe an “apology.”

A clean slate for Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election could mean lighter sanctions from the United States, and a renewed friendship between the two countries. Although the meeting between the two parties has been considered a success of sorts, the American people will look to President Trump to remain vigilant and wise in matters of foreign policy.

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