On Tuesday, several media outlets claimed that President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a “secret” second meeting at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. The White House responded to the fake report with a tweet that apparently triggered Vice producer Jules Suzdaltsev, who went ballistic, claiming that Trump is helping Russia take over the world.
President Donald Trump vented his frustration with “fake news” media outlets on Twitter Tuesday after a scheduled dinner with Russian President Vladimir Putin was reported as a “secret” summit with dark implications.
Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is "sick." All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2017
The tweets came after Reuters, The Hill, and other agencies reported that a “second, undisclosed” meeting had taken place between the two world leaders. The “meeting” was alleged to have taken place after a dinner arranged by Chancellor Angela Merkel for the leaders of the Group of 20 nations and lasted ” roughly an hour.” The White House did not make an announcement to the press that Trump had spoken to Putin after dinner.
After reports of the conversation emerged, the White House promptly issued a statement calling the mainstream media’s characterizations “false, malicious and absurd.”
Suzdaltsev, Breitbart said, launched into an unhinged tirade after Trump’s tweets, despite reportedly being blocked by the president:
“Suzdaltsev provided no citations for his claim of ‘state dept requirements’ which dictate the President of the United States’s post-dinner conversation schedule,” Breitbart added.
But Suzdaltsev wasn’t finished, and continued his unhinged meltdown:
What “crimes?” Besides beating Hillary Clinton, that is…
He then accused Trump of helping Russia take over the world:
Talk about hyperbole…
One person responded:
Since when has Russia been our enemy? Jules, obviously a democrat! Democrats have always been pals with Russia-HRC even gets paid by them.
— Al Battista (@sgtalusmc) July 19, 2017
Since the Communists were booted out of power, apparently…
So what’s the deal with that so-called “secret dinner?” According to the White House statement posted at Breitbart:
The night of the G20 summit, there was, first, a concert for all the leaders in the new Hamburg opera house. The leaders were all photographed by the press in a group photo before going in. Later that night, Chancellor Merkel hosted a dinner for leaders and spouses only, and the German government set the seating arrangements. The concert and dinner were publicly announced on both the President’s schedule and the G20 schedule, with the clear understanding that all visiting leaders would be present.
At the dinner, President Trump was seated between Mrs. Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, and Mrs. Macri, wife of the President of Argentina. Mrs. Trump was seated next to President Putin.
During the course of the dinner, all the leaders circulated throughout the room and spoke with one another freely. President Trump spoke with many leaders during the course of the evening. As the dinner was concluding, President Trump went over to Mrs. Trump, where he spoke briefly with President Putin.
Each couple was allowed one translator. The American translator accompanying President Trump spoke Japanese. When President Trump spoke to President Putin, the two leaders used the Russian translator, since the American translator did not speak Russian.
There was no “second meeting” between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner. The insinuation that the White House has tried to “hide” a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.
It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a President’s duties, to interact with world leaders. Throughout the G20 and in all his other foreign engagements, President Trump has demonstrated American leadership by representing our interests and values on the world stage.
But this, according to Suzdaltsev, is apparently helping Russia take over the world.
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