Trump tells about 'secret meeting' with Putin at G20

Trump tells about 'secret meeting' with Putin at G20

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at reports of his undisclosed encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 earlier this month, describing them as "sick". 

"Fake News story of secret dinner with Putin is 'sick'. All G 20 leaders, and spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany. Press knew!," Mr Trump tweeted.

"The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!" the President added.

The US and Russian leaders were in Germany for the summit, and came face-to-face for the first time at a two-hour meeting on July 7 – which was reported at the time.

It emerged on Tuesday that the pair had a second discussion, lasting about an hour, during a dinner for the Group of 20 heads of state and their spouses in Hamburg. The pair were joined only by Mr Putin's translator.

A White House official told Reuters the pair had "just a brief conversation" not a "second meeting".

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