Trump’s trip to Asia has been clouded by the White House’s decree that stops Trump from meeting with Putin. While in Vietnam, Trump’s fourth stop of the trip, it was announced that Trump and Putin will not have a “formal” meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Over the drone of Air Force One, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assured the press that a meeting with Putin was not possible due to schedule conflict from both parties. But not all hope is lost, as Trump and Putin could “likely” meet at a regional conference in the Philippines.
“Now, they’re going to be in the same place. Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely,” Sanders said. “But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.”
However, a Reuters news agency has reported that Moscow is getting mixed signals in regards to a meeting between Trump and Putin. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin stated that “one way or another” Trump and Putin were going to meet on the “sidelines” of the summit. “The view has been if the two leaders are going to meet, is there something sufficiently substantive to talk about that would warrant a formal meeting,” he said.
Let’s see Trump continue to insist he has never met Putin.
[via CBS News]