President Trump met in late November with Russian President Vladimir Putin without a translator or aide from his administration present, The Financial Times reported Tuesday.
According to the report, Trump sat with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after an evening event.
First lady Melania Trump was by the president’s side during the chat, but there was no note-taker or translator from the U.S. at the meeting.
Putin was reportedly accompanied by a translator.
A Russian government official told the news outlet that the talk lasted about 15 minutes and included discussions about the Syrian conflict, a clash days earlier between Russian forces and the Ukrainian navy.
The White House previously acknowledged that Trump came together for an “informal conversation” with Putin during the summit, but did not disclose that Trump had no official member of his team present.
During the G20 meeting in Germany in July 2017, Trump got up from his seat during a dinner in order to sit next to Putin, who did have his translator to help. That meeting, which the White House did not initially disclose, came just hours after Trump accepted Putin’s denial that Russia didn’t intervene in the 2016 presidential election.
The New York Times reported earlier this month that the FBI was so concerned about Trump’s firing of the bureau’s former director, James Comey, in 2017 that it opened an inquiry into whether the president was working on behalf of Russian interests.