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Trump, Putin did discuss sanctions related to Russian meddling in 2016 US election when they met at G20 - White House

Trump, Putin did discuss sanctions related to Russian meddling in 2016 US election when they met at G20 - White HouseDonald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions related to Russian meddling in the 2016 US election when they met last week, the White House said on Monday, contradicting an earlier statement by the US president.

The White House's spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that during the two presidents’ meeting on Friday, “there were sanctions specific to election meddling that I believe were discussed, but not beyond that”.

On Sunday, Trump had denied that the subject had been raised.

On Sunday, Putin said he thought Trump “was satisfied” with his denial of involvement. “[Trump] asked a lot of questions on this subject,” Putin said. “I, inasmuch as I was able, answered these questions. It seems to me that he took these [answers] on board and agreed with them, but in actual fact, it’s best to ask him how he views this.”

In an off-camera briefing on Monday, Huckabee Sanders could not answer as to whether Trump had accepted Putin’s assertion.

Trump “heard Putin’s denial and he knew that, at the end of the day, the important part was them being able to have that conversation and him to directly ask him. He heard his answer and he moved forward with places he thought that he could work together,” Huckabee Sanders said.

The White House spokeswoman added of the meeting that she was “not sure” if Trump had mentioned human rights in the meeting with the Russian president.
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