Since the republican President Donald Trump did not hold the expected press conference as all the other world leaders did towards the end of the 2017 G20 summit, we are left with the president’s tweets. There was no note taker present at the 2 hour meeting between the US president and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
His latest July 9th tweet reflects what he has been saying all along. The president wrote that that he confronted the Russian leader President Putin about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections process, which Mr. Putin proceeded to categorically deny and so, it is time to move forward.
On July 9, 2017, the LA Times listed the following presidential tweets regarding his version of the G20 events.
President Trump tweeted about:
- His gratitude for the response to his speech in Poland on Thursday
- His meetings Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in
- A new attack on Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta
- His enthusiasm as he headed into more meetings with world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin
- His vow to fight for U.S. interests, which also contained a shot at the “fake” news media
- A highlight reel of his first full day at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany
Trump did not tweet about:
- The United States’ and Russia’s contrasting accounts of his meeting with Putin, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling reporters that Trump had accepted Putin’s denials of election meddlingand U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying that the two sides had agreed to look beyond the controversy and move forward
- The U.S.’ and Russia’s declaration of a cease-fire in a corner of Syria, an announcement that was met with widespread skepticism on the ground and in diplomatic quarters
- His insistence during his meeting with Mexico’s president that Mexico will pay for the controversial wall he wants to build along the southern U.S. border, which set off a furor in Mexico over a goal his own administration has largely abandoned
- The Los Angeles Times’ discovery that the U.S. homeland missile defense system’s May 30 interception of a mock enemy warhead, which was touted as a “very realistic” test, actually departed from expected combat conditions and provides little if any confidence that the system would be able to thwart a sneak attack by North Korea, according to missile defense experts familiar with test details
- Reports that the White House was caught off guard by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that Republicans might need to negotiate with Democrats to shore up existing health insurance markets if they are unable to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act
- A letter from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions requesting information on contacts between the White House and Department of Justice regarding the proposed merger of AT&T and CNN parent company Time Warner Inc., in which she cited a New York Times report that White House advisors had discussed using a government review of the pending merger as leverage against CNN.