Trump brought up election interference to Putin, Tillerson says


Outside the summit site, anti-globalization protesters were causing problems for first lady Melania Trump, who was kept from joining other leaders' spouses for their own program of events.

Trump, however, wanted to talk about how the countries "go forward" rather than "spending a lot of time having a disagreement" over election interference, Tillerson added.

He said the U.S. had talked about such attacks represented a "threat to the democratic process".

Trump's critics are also certain to raise the point that both the President and Putin seem to have agreed to disagree on the hacking issue and move on. We look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russian Federation, for the United States, and for everybody concerned. Still, Putin described the fact that they were meeting as a positive sign in itself, and he said he hoped the meeting would "yield positive results".

The Russian government officially supports the embattled Syrian regime. In a news conference before he flew to Germany, Trump again refused to unequivocally accept the conclusion by multiple US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered to try to help Trump win last November.

Gallego is putting forward an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual measure that must pass, asking Congress to accept agency findings that concluded Russian Federation used hacking and propaganda to damage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton so the election would favor then-GOP candidate Donald Trump. An official from the White House, however, later indicated that the President (Trump) had not in fact accepted assurances from Putin that Russian Federation did not meddle in the 2016 election.

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So it was significant the United States side said there was good chemistry between them. "Nobody really knows for sure", Trump said.

"It didn't work", Tillerson told reporters.

Putin, using a translator, agreed, saying that "a phone conversation is never enough".

"I am delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President", Putin said.

Citing his "long" talks with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier in the day, as well as a Thursday meeting with the French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Lavrov said everyone agrees the crisis needs to be settled within the framework of the Minsk agreements. It was the first known in-person interaction between the two men.

Trump came into office seeking a reset of relations with Russian Federation and hoping to cooperate in some policy areas, like fighting the terror group ISIS. The two sides said they reached an agreement for a cease-fire to start in southwest Syria on Sunday.