Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin: ‘Don’t Meddle in the Election’

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday not to meddle in the United States election in 2020.

The president commented after American reporters prompted him about the issue during a meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

“Mr. President, will you tell Russia not to meddle in the 2020 election?” one reporter asked at the top of the meeting.

“Yes, of course, I will,” Trump replied. “Don’t meddle in the election, President. Don’t meddle in the election.”

Putin did not respond to Trump as reporters were escorted out shortly after his answer.

Trump said they would discuss trade, nuclear disarmament, and “protectionism.”

“We have had a very, very good relationship,” he said referring to Putin. “And we look forward to spending some pretty good time together.”

The White House revealed after the meeting that they discussed conflicts in Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Ukraine.


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