Video from a dinner at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan shows President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reaching over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to clink glasses in a special “cheers.”
Trump reportedly grabbed his glass and reached to clink it with Putin’s special white cup, which appeared to be a plastic tumbler.
They then took a sip from their cups.
Vladimir Putin brought his special cup (and ‘cheers’ with Trump) pic.twitter.com/4B0hzg6SRe
— Sarah Rainsford (@sarahrainsford) June 28, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) June 28, 2019
During a sit-down in front of cameras earlier Friday, Trump was asked by a reporter if he would tell Putin not to meddle in American elections.
The New York Times reports:
“Yes, of course I will,” Mr. Trump said.
Turning to Mr. Putin, he said, with a half-grin on his face and mock seriousness in his voice, “Don’t meddle in the election, President.”
As Mr. Putin smiled and tittered, Mr. Trump pointed at another Russian official in a playful way and repeated, “Don’t meddle in the election.”
Trump and Putin also shared a laugh over frustration with journalists, with Trump remarking, “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” Putin responded in English: “We also have. It’s the same.”
Dozens of Russian journalists and critics of Putin have turned up dead over the years, and Russia ranks as one of the worst countries in terms of press freedom, according to the World Press Freedom Index.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least twenty-six journalists have been murdered in Russia since Putin first became president, many of them investigative reporters who were scrutinizing governmental abuses.