Trump's Undisclosed Meeting With Putin Called 'Astonishing' As Supporters Jump To Defend Conversation

News that Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit earlier this month has fueled concerns that the White House is up to no good, but others are scratching their heads at that assertion.

The impromptu meeting has been confirmed by the White House, which says that it wasn’t inappropriate at all. The President reportedly left his seat during a dinner to go speak with Mr Putin, and the only record of their conversation is in Russian hands because the translator Mr Trump had brought along didn’t speak Russian. No other American officials were present, and some sources have indicated it lasted for nearly an hour.

While it isn’t uncommon for world leaders to have impromptu sit downs with their foreign counterparts at big events like the G20, critics say that the fact that the White House took so long to disclose it is cause for concern. Amid those potential concerns of Trump campaign ties to Russia, they say, it’s strange that the White House hasn’t been more up front.

“As it stands, based on what we know, this is a case of a media hyperventilating over Russia, Russia, Russia,” Ford O’Connell, a Republican political analyst and former campaign strategist for Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, told The Independent of the G20 meeting. “If they wanted to do something nefarious, I’m not sure you would do this in front of 18 other world leaders.”

Read more from Clark Mindock at the Independent 

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