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Trump Admin Abruptly Scraps Sitdown With Putin

Trump Admin Abruptly Scraps Sitdown With Putin
(Reuters)

Friday, 10 November 2017 06:48 AM

From the White House's perspective, now might not be the best time for pictures of Donald Trump sitting down with Vladimir Putin.

It abruptly scrapped a planned formal session between them at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam. The meeting would have played out against the backdrop of Trump's former campaign chairman being indicted, and special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian election meddling moving ever closer to the president's inner circle.

Trump advisers cited a scheduling conflict and U.S. concerns that the meeting wouldn't create genuine progress on key issues. They held out the possibility that the two leaders could still "bump into each other and say hello."

The news came a day after Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping over many of the same questions he would have discussed with Putin, notably how to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

The Kremlin, which as recently as yesterday had been signaling that it was hoping for a full-scale sit down, was clearly disappointed. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov bemoaned “conflicting information” and said it's “hard to overestimate the importance and significance of any contact between the president of Russia and the United States for all international matters.”


 

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From the White House's perspective, now might not be the best time for pictures of Donald Trump sitting down with Vladimir Putin. It abruptly scrapped a planned formal session between them at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam....
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