Leaders from the world’s leading economies kick off the Group of 20 summit with an official agenda of development, infrastructure and investment. That agenda is overshadowed by tensions over the US-China trade and the conflict over Ukraine. (Nov. 30)
BUENOS AIRES – After avoiding Vladimir Putin for most of the day at the G-20 summit of global leaders, President Donald Trump had an “informal” conversation with the Russian president, the White House said Saturday.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the two spoke at a cultural dinner last night scheduled in Buenos Aires for the leaders and their wives. The dinner, which took place in the city’s famous Teatro Colón theater, was closed to reporters.
“As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the first lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Sanders did not provide additional detail about the extent of the meeting, or what was discussed. Trump drew fire for a similar encounter over dinner at the G-20 summit in Hamburg last year when the White House disclosed days later that the two presidents met without any U.S. aides present.
The meeting capped a day in which Trump appeared to go out of his way to avoid Putin, breezing past him as the world’s leaders stood for a photo. But Kremlin officials insisted throughout the day the two leaders would ultimately meet.
Dmitry Peskov, a Putin spokesman, told Russian state media on Saturday said that the two leaders briefly greeted each other but did not have the opportunity to talk.