Trump Spoke With Putin At G20 Without A Note Taker Or Any U.S. Staff

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER,30 (RUSSIA OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) looks on Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November,30,2018. U.S.Preisident Donald Trump has cancelled his meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Argentina planned on Saturday. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Image
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at U.S. President Donald Trump during the welcoming ceremony prior to the G20 Summit's Plenary Meeting on November 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump had a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit last year that is completely unrecorded by U.S. officials—because there were none there.

According to a Tuesday Financial Times report, Trump and Putin were joined by first lady Melania Trump and Putin’s translator but no customary note taker for Trump in Argentina last November.

The meeting, per a Russian official, lasted 15 minutes and included talk of the Syrian conflict.

As Vox points out, this means the administration has no records of any interactions between Trump and Putin over a two-year span, including the instance where Trump wrenched away a translator’s notes, instructing the official not to share the transcript with his staff.

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