On Friday, on the sidelines of the G-20 world leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany, U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in a sit-down that was supposed to be less than an hour but eventually stretched for more than two hours. The White House provided an “official,” sterile account of what was said during that meeting, but now more of what was really said has come out.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated following Trump and Putin’s meeting that the two leaders discussed the latter’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with the Russian leader unsurprisingly denying any work to influence the outcome of the election that sent Trump to the White House. In other words, like old pals, the two paid lip service to one of the major issues facing the Western world today, but they didn’t really move forward substantively on the topic.
Putin, for his part, says that during his meeting with Trump, the two discussed Ukraine, Syria, cybersecurity, and fighting terrorism. Russia and its allies’ definition of terrorism is, of course, very different from the definition of terrorism held to by much of the Western world. Russia and its allies tend to define terrorism as anything that goes against the government.
Seriously though, the two sat for hours more than they were slated to, what else did they talk about besides the bland things that they were expected to talk about?
Well, MSNBC national security analyst Malcolm Nance thinks he has an answer, and it’s unsurprising, knowing Trump as we’ve been forced to do.
CNN’s Jim Sciutto posted a translation of a post from a Russian journalist, reading:
‘”These are the ones who insulted you?” Putin to Trump as he points to reporters.’
"These are the ones who insulted you?" Putin to Trump as he points to reporters https://t.co/vxx8qcDkRp
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 7, 2017
Nance commented of this post:
‘This points to what was actually spoken about in the meeting. Trump complained openly to Putin about American newsmedia. Putin supports him.’
This points to what was actually spoken about in the meeting. Trump complained openly to Putin about American newsmedia. Putin supports him. https://t.co/EPE3w1kMSv
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) July 7, 2017
This, of course, is another dose of bad news on top of all of the bad news that we already have, and it’s not at all far fetched to think that Trump shared these sorts of sentiments with the Russian president. He shared the exact same sort of sentiments with the world at a joint press conference with the Polish president before he went to Hamburg for the G-20 summit he is presently attending. During that press conference, Trump went off on a wild tangent against CNN.
Check out Twitter’s reaction to Nance’s post below.
Sounds mafioso threatening doesn't it? 45 runs to daddy.
— ?Sher' W ? (@cherokeesher2) July 7, 2017
10 minutes tops, putin said kill a few to stop it, the rest of the time was putin giving donnie his orders for screwing up the country.
— msmicro (@msmicro) July 7, 2017
I concur-terrified that he gave the West's whole procedure and tools to Putin in a tribute box
— Safiyah Noor (@SafiyahNoor1) July 7, 2017
— MF Luder (@cw4700) July 7, 2017
That's quite chilling, given Putin's history with journalists.
— Tom Milner (@TomMilner11) July 7, 2017
This is so sickening
— Robyn Ray (@robynray1) July 7, 2017
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