January 30, 2019


Russia Embarrasses Trump With Leak Of Secret Talk At G-20 Meeting (Caroline Orr, January 30, 2019, Shareblue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired a warning shot at Trump this week, strategically dropping compromising information to remind Trump that he has saved all the receipts from their interactions -- and he's not afraid to use them.

Citing a Russian government official, the Financial Times reported Tuesday that Trump met with Putin at last year's G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, without a translator or anyone from his administration present during the exchange. [...]

Speaking to the Financial Times, a Kremlin official said the meeting lasted upwards of 15 minutes and included discussions about substantive issues including the conflict in Syria, as well as Russia's recent aggression toward Ukraine and seizure of two Ukrainian Navy vessels.

Trump and Putin also discussed potential arrangements for a formal meeting, the Kremlin official said.

Putin clearly had the upper hand during the exchange, as he was accompanied by a translator. Trump, meanwhile, was accompanied by Melania, and no one else.

"The four of them sat at a table and were among the last to leave," the Financial Times reported.

None of this was disclosed by the White House, and the timing of the leak from the Kremlin comes just as the Russian government is publicly expressing its anger with the Trump administration for its position on recent events in Venezuela.

The revelation that Trump and Putin discussed Syria policy is particularly damning. Less than three weeks after the November meeting, Trump abruptly and unexpectedly announced that he was ordering U.S. troops to withdraw from Syria -- a move that stands to greatly benefit Putin, who praised Trump's decision, which Trump's own military and intelligence advisers had warned against.

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