Jul 07, 2017

By Christine Ross

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All eyes were on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin today as the two meet in person for the first time since Trump was elected US President. At the opening of the G20 summit in Germany, Donald Trump appeared relaxed and the Russian President steely. The meeting between the two leaders is the spotlight at the international summit amid tensions between the two countries over Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election. Trump said that his discussions with Putin are “going very well.” Speaking through a translator, Putin said they had spoken over the phone several times on “important bilateral and international issues,” but that phone calls are “never enough.” He said a face-to-face meeting is important to create“positive relations.” The leaders then sat down for a working lunch that featured talk of global growth and trade. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a private 30-minute meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and also has bilateral meetings set for today with French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Tomorrow he’ll meet one-on-one with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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