Even before the meeting began, Putin let his citizens know that he had the upper hand.
This photo already everywhere in Russian media (as was a similar one with Obama). Putin knows how to play this game. Trump reaching to him. pic.twitter.com/3Hn4DQUpLy— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) July 7, 2017
He was right.
The meeting, which was supposed to last for half an hour, ended up lasting two hours and 20 minutes. They immediately hit it off.
Tillerson said Trump and Putin "connected very quickly" and he observed "a positive chemistry" between them.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 7, 2017
Apparently, they had a lot to say.
Secretary Tillerson said Melania Trump was sent into the meeting at the one-hour mark to try to break it up, but they kept talking— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 7, 2017
Go away, honey. 2020 is not going to win itself.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Trump pushed Putin on the election meddling issues.
Trump "pressed Putin more than once" on Russian interference in 2016 election, Tillerson said.— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 7, 2017
Q: Did Trump say there would be consequences for Russia for interfering in our elections?— CAP Action (@CAPAction) July 7, 2017
TILLERSON: Trump focused on moving on from that pic.twitter.com/q4tVq83dWb
Tillerson says Trump and Putin didn't see much value in "relitigating of the past" and want to start making the US-Russia relationship work.— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 7, 2017
The Russians have a different account:
Lavrov: Trump said he heard Putin's statements that Russia didn't hack election and accepts them.— Lucian Kim (@Lucian_Kim) July 7, 2017
BREAKING: Russian foreign minister says Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Russia didn't meddle in the U.S. election.— The Associated Press (@AP) July 7, 2017
According to Lavrov, Trump told Putin some circles in America were "exaggerating" allegations of Russian interference in the US election.— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) July 7, 2017
Oh for fuck’s sake:
Breaking: Lavrov says Trump brought up accusations of Russian hacking; Moscow and DC will set up joint working group on cybersecurity.— Lucian Kim (@Lucian_Kim) July 7, 2017
They’re going to work together on cybersecurity? WHAT? You don’t work with the people who hacked into your election on cybersecurity issues. For fuck’s sake: It’s like you’re handing them the keys and telling them when you’re not home so they can break in.
Oh, and Putin even helpfully aided Trump in trying to delegitimize the media.
"These are the ones who insulted you?" Putin to Trump as he points to reporters https://t.co/vxx8qcDkRp— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) July 7, 2017
Current mood pic.twitter.com/DZWdkk1uJS— Sarah Carlson (@sarahkcarlson) July 7, 2017