President Trump jokes with Putin about Russia meddling in elections : G20 Summit

The US President, Donald Trump made a light joke of Russian election interference during a meeting with the Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Smirking President Trump wagged his finger at the Russian president and said: “Don’t meddle in the election, please.”

Putin smiled as the US president delivered his light hearted reprimand on election interference.

This was their first meeting since Robert Mueller concluded his investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Earlier, US intelligence concluded that Russia was behind an effort to influence the presidential election with a state-authorised campaign of cyber-attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

But special counsel Mueller’s report found no evidence that the Trump campaign criminally conspired with Russia to influence the election.

World leaders have descended in Japan’s Osaka to attend the annual G20 Summit. President Trump held talks with Australian counterpart, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe, India’s Prime Minister Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and of course President Putin.

On Day 2 of the Summit, President Trump would hold talks with China’s President Xi Jinping. Trade would be on priority for the two leaders. They last met at another G20 summit in Buenos Aires last year and, following a working dinner, they agreed on a 90 day truce to their trade war.

Source : Various