The White House on Monday said President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions related to Russia’s election interference during their first in-person meeting at the Group of 20 summit on Friday in Germany, contradicting an earlier claim made by the president.
“There were sanctions specific to election meddling that I believe were discussed, but not beyond that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at an off-camera briefing on Monday.
Trump tweeted Sunday that, “sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!”
Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
The meeting happened amid a federal probe into Russian election-meddling efforts, as well as tensions over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
The U.S. sanctioned Russia for its 2014 military intervention in Ukraine.