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White House Admits Trump Talked ‘Election Meddling’ Sanctions With Putin A Day After Trump Denied It

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White House Admits Trump Talked ‘Election Meddling’ Sanctions With Putin A Day After Trump Denied It





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!”




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.

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