HAMBURG, GERMANY (JULY 7, 2017) (RESTRICTED POOL) – U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Vladimir Putin at their first meeting for the Russian president on Friday (July 7) about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
The Russian president has denied any meddling in the U.S. democratic process last year and Moscow has asked for proof that it took place.
Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center called the meeting a “big political win” for Putin, but said both leaders benefitted from the exchange.
Trump promised a rapprochement with Moscow during his campaign for the presidency last year.
But he has been unable to deliver on that pledge because his administration has been dogged by investigations into the allegations of Russian interference in the election and ties between his campaign and Moscow. Trump says his team did not collude with Russia.