(National Sentinel) Fake News: Really, this Russian “collusion” narrative is getting very, very old — and still the Deep State and Left-wing media continue to pursue it as though it was real.
The White House is pushing back against a fake news story picked up by a number of usual media suspects Tuesday evening that President Donald J. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a ‘surprise’ “second meeting” at the recently concluded G20 meeting in Europe, a charge the administration is calling “false, malicious and absurd.”
As Breitbart News reported:
The “meeting” — occurring during a dinner for heads of states and their spouses, supposedly “raised the eyebrows” of other foreign leaders at the dinner, for breaking national security protocol by not also having a U.S. translator present, according to Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, who first reported the meeting in a note sent to clients, according to Reuters.
To which the White House responds:
The night of the G20 summit, there was, first, a concert for all the leaders in the new Hamburg opera house. The leaders were all photographed by the press in a group photo before going in. Later that night, Chancellor Merkel hosted a dinner for leaders and spouses only, and the German government set the seating arrangements. The concert and dinner were publicly announced on both the President’s schedule and the G20 schedule, with the clear understanding that all visiting leaders would be present.
At the dinner, President Trump was seated between Mrs. Abe, wife of the Prime Minister of Japan, and Mrs. Macri, wife of the President of Argentina. Mrs. Trump was seated next to President Putin.
During the course of the dinner, all the leaders circulated throughout the room and spoke with one another freely. President Trump spoke with many leaders during the course of the evening. As the dinner was concluding, President Trump went over to Mrs. Trump, where he spoke briefly with President Putin.
Each couple was allowed one translator. The American translator accompanying President Trump spoke Japanese. When President Trump spoke to President Putin, the two leaders used the Russian translator, since the American translator did not speak Russian.
There was no “second meeting” between President Trump and President Putin, just a brief conversation at the end of a dinner. The insinuation that the White House has tried to “hide” a second meeting is false, malicious and absurd.
It is not merely perfectly normal, it is part of a President’s duties, to interact with world leaders. Throughout the G20 and in all his other foreign engagements, President Trump has demonstrated American leadership by representing our interests and values on the world stage.
Trump’s only meeting with Putin did go much longer than planned — a couple of hours or so — which of course sent the unhinged Left into full conspiracy mode. These are some of the same idiots who were cheering on President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when the latter brought a ridiculous “reset button” prop to a meeting with Russian diplomats; then pursing better relations with Russia was okay.
Not now, though. Now, when Trump tries to pursue them, it’s collusion and a scandal.
No wonder the president and his administration hold the “mainstream” media in such contempt. Wouldn’t you?