Vladimir Putin; Donald Trump (AP/Evan Vucci)

Russian foreign minister: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin may have met even more times

There may have been more undisclosed meetings between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin


Jeremy Binckes
July 21, 2017 11:51AM (UTC)

Days after reports came out that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met for an undisclosed second meeting during the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month, a new report alleges that there may have been more meetings between the two world leaders.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told NBC News Friday that Trump and Putin "might have met even much more than just three times."

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Lavrov's comments may have been masking other meetings that the public doesn't yet know about, but certainly couched the message in a bit of trolling: “When you are bought by your parents to a kindergarten do you mix with the people who are waiting in the same room to start going to a classroom? . . . I remember when I was in that position I did spend five or ten minutes in the kindergarten before they brought us to the classroom.”

If Trump met with Putin another time, it would certainly raise alarm bells. Earlier this week, alarming reports came out that Trump and Putin met secretly during the G-20 summit in a tete-a-tete that included only the two leaders and a Russian translator — and not an American one. When Trump and Putin met in their "official" meeting, the two discussed adoption, Trump told the New York Times.

As the Times noted this month, when Russia talks about adoptions, it's really talking about sanctions. That's because Russia banned adoptions from American parents in response of the Magnitsky Act of 2012, which froze U.S.-held assets of Russian officials believed to be responsible for human rights abuses, and prevented them from getting American visas.


Jeremy Binckes

Jeremy Binckes is the senior news editor at Salon.com.

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