‘Trump concealed details of Putin meeting’

14 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Washington: US President Donald Trump hid details of his conversations with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Washington Post has reported, reports Al Jazeera.

The Washington Post report, published on Sunday, comes two days after the New York Times disclosed that the FBI had opened an investigation into Trump’s relations with Russia.

Citing current and former officials in the White House, the Washington Post reported that Trump asked a translator - present in a meeting between him and Putin - not to disclose or discuss details of his conversation with the Russian president.

According to the newspaper, the meeting with Putin took place in Hamburg in July 2017, which was also attended by the then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

US officials were made aware of Trump concealing the notes when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the translator other than information Tillerson had shared, the Washington Post reported.

The Trump administration rejected the report, saying Tillerson in 2017 “gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterwards to other US officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press”.

The New York Times report cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.