If you turn on CNN or MSNBC, or read stories from the rest of the mainstream media today, you’ll see a lot of outrage over President Trump having a second conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit. The conversation was not disclosed by the White House initially.
In the latest “nothing burger” to come from the media, the second conversation is being portrayed as a secret meeting of some nefarious scheme. The media failed to put the meeting in context, including the fact that it was at a dinner with dozens of people.
Fox News has more.
A White House spokesman confirmed the previously undisclosed conversation to Fox News on Tuesday.
An administration official said Trump and Putin “briefly” spoke during a dinner the night of the G-20 summit.
First lady Melania Trump was seated next to Putin, and the president approached Putin at the end of the night, the official said. They spoke through a Russian translator.
The administration official pushed back against the interaction being characterized as a “meeting.”
“There was no ‘second meeting’ between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner,” the official said. “The insinuation that the White House has tried to ‘hide’ a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.”
The official added: “It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a president’s duties, to interact with world leaders.”
Details about what transpired during the conversation were unclear.
Here are some of the media reactions on Twitter.
Jon Passantino of BuzzFeed is concerned about what other world leaders might think. Jon also forgets that Buzzfeed themselves reported on the second conversation over ten days ago, so this is no great revelation.
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) July 18, 2017
James Hohmann of the Washington Post is in CAPS MODE.
Siren: Trump was ALONE during his HOUR-LONG, undisclosed 2nd conversation with PUTIN. No one else from the USA. Only Putin’s translator.
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) July 18, 2017
Don’t even get us started with Keith Olbermann’s reaction.
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