Over the course of the last few days many within the media have been guessing: What if anything will come out of President Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Will Trump confront Putin about Russia’s meddling in our democratic election process? Will Trump ease sanctions placed on Russia by the Obama administration last December? How will the two men react when in the same room with one another?
Well, less than an hour after their meeting concluded, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, who happened to be in the 2 hour and 13 minute meeting between Trump and Putin, came out and made a few remarks. According to Lavrov, President Trump has “accepted Vladimir Putin’s assurance that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 US election”. With that said, Secretary of State Tillerson has refuted such claims.
Even more perplexing is the announcement from Lavrov that both Russia and the United States will now set up a joint working group on cybersecurity. That’s right, we will now be working with the nation that hacked our democratic elections in order to prevent hackings of our democratic elections.
According to Lavrov, Trump told Putin that some circles in America were ‘exaggerating’ the fact that Russia had interfered in the election process last year. Clearly President Trump did not stand his ground and seems to be ready to allow Russia a free pass in this whole fiasco.