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Trump Slams 'Sick' Reports of 2nd Putin Meeting

White House says it was just a brief conversation

(Newser) - President Trump says his previously undisclosed one-on-one with Vladimir Putin was no secret and no big deal—and the media is "sick" for suggesting otherwise. Trump reportedly spoke to Putin for around an hour after leaving his seat during a couples-only dinner with other leaders during the G20 summit.... More »

Trump Defends Seat Switch With Ivanka at G20 Summit

'Very standard,' he says

(Newser) - It's another busy morning for President Trump's Twitter feed, and one issue to which he's devoted tweets is a defense of daughter Ivanka. The Trumps caused a stir over the weekend at the G20 summit in Germany when Ivanka took her father's seat at a formal... More »

Putin: In-Person Trump Not the Same as TV Trump

Russian president also thinks Trump accepted his election-interference denials

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin came away from his two-hour-plus meeting with President Trump Friday in Hamburg, Germany, with some definite impressions—notably, that the Trump we see on TV may not bear much similarity to the Trump behind the scenes, the Hill reports. "Trump on television very much differs from the... More »

Ivanka's 'Somewhat Unusual' G20 Move Has Internet Abuzz

First daughter took President Trump's place at table during meeting of world leaders

(Newser) - President Trump stood out Saturday as the only G20 leader not offering his support for the Paris climate agreement , but that wasn't the only buzzworthy happening in Hamburg with the name "Trump" attached to it. Per Bloomberg , when the president slipped away from a meeting on migration that... More »

Why Meeting With Trump Could Be 'Win-Win' for Putin

Trump says they have 'much to discuss'

(Newser) - The world's eyes are on Hamburg, where G20 leaders are meeting—and where Vladimir Putin and President Trump shook hands for the first time Friday. The two will hold a much-anticipated one-on-one meeting later in the day. Trump tweeted early Friday that he is looking forward to all his... More »

Poland's Right-Wing Leadership Excited for Trump Visit

He'll likely get a warm welcome from populist government

(Newser) - The G20 summit may not be much fun for Donald Trump, what with the angry protesters making noise between his possibly difficult meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. But he'll have a bit of a buffer beforehand as he first visits Poland, where he'... More »

It's Official: Trump, Putin to Meet in Germany

The world will be watching Friday

(Newser) - In what is sure to be a closely watched event, President Trump will have his first official meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Announced by a Russian official Tuesday, and later confirmed by the White House, the meeting will take place as the leaders attend the G20 summit... More »

Report: Trump Wants List of 'Deliverables' to Offer Putin

Trump and Putin will meet next week in Germany

(Newser) - Donald Trump will have his first face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin as president during next week's G20 summit in Germany, Politico reports. The meeting—which won't be formal but rather happen "on the sidelines"—was announced by national security adviser HR McMaster on Thursday. He says... More »

Obama: No Ground Troops to Fight ISIS' 'Face of Evil'

President says we'll keep calm and carry on with current airstrike strategy

(Newser) - Friday's terror attacks in Paris rocked the world, but President Obama appeared steadfast Monday in his overall strategy to go after the Islamic State. In a presser held after Turkey's G20 summit, Obama said that even though ISIS is "the face of evil" and that Paris' attacks... More »

Aussie Autofill Error Leaks World Leaders' Private Info

Passport numbers for Obama, Putin, Merkel emailed to soccer group

(Newser) - You'd think if you had charge of the passport numbers of the planet's elite leaders you'd be pretty careful. But a hapless employee of Australian's immigration agency relied a little too much on autofill—and mistakenly sent an email with the passport numbers, visa info, and... More »

Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines... More »

Russia Gave Out Great G20 Swag, Er, Malware: Reports

USB sticks, cables in gift bags were spy tools, say 2 papers

(Newser) - Amid the uproar over NSA spying come reports that Russia gave G20 delegates at last month's summit an unexpected surprise in their gift bag: malware. That's according to two Italian newspapers, which report that among the swag handed out to guests were USB sticks and cellphone recharging cables... More »

Putin, Obama Meet, Agree to Disagree

Meanwhile, US orders embassy personnel out of Lebanon

(Newser) - Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin had a surprise one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit today, hashing out their disagreements on Syria without coming to any real conclusion. Obama described it as a "candid and constructive conversation" and Putin called it "substantial and constructive," according... More »

Obama, Putin Meet ... for All of 15 Seconds

They have a brief greeting at G20 summit

(Newser) - They were originally supposed to have a separate summit of their own. But instead, Vladimir Putin and President Obama managed all of 15 seconds of "tight smiles and a businesslike handshake" as Obama arrived in Russia for the G20 summit, reports Reuters . It might be all the face time... More »

After Putin Diss, Obama to Meet Russian Gay Activists

Prediction: the Kremlin will not be amused

(Newser) - Looks like President Obama has found something to fill the time he won't spend meeting with Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Russia this week: he's going to meet with gay rights activists instead. Buzzfeed confirms that LGBT organization Coming Out, human rights activists Lev Ponomarev and... More »

Obama Might Give Putin Cold Shoulder in Russia

White House hints he'll skip meeting in Moscow

(Newser) - President Obama is still going to Russia this fall to attend a G20 summit, but the White House is now suggesting that he'll back out of a face-to-face meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow. All the coverage says it's Obama's way of making clear he's not... More »

UK Spied on Foreign Politicians at G20 Summit: Leaked Docs

And the NSA was spying on Dmitry Medvedev

(Newser) - Looks like it isn't just the US government snooping on phone calls: The Guardian says it has leaked documents that show the British government monitored the computers and intercepted phone calls of foreign politicians and officials who attended the 2009 G20 summit in London. According to the documents, the... More »

G20 Needs Better Bouncers

The group doesn't have to let in just everybody: essayists

(Newser) - Given the lousy state of the global economy, the nations now gathered for the G20 summit have some important work to do. Which is why it's surprising that the standards of membership are so lax, write Alex Brill and James Glassman in the Wall Street Journal . The invites got... More »

Obama, Putin Head for G20 Showdown

But overall Greece expected to dominate conversation

(Newser) - President Obama will meet with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Mexico today, in what promises to be a contentious tête-à-tête, the AFP reports. It will be Obama's first meeting with Putin since his re-ascendance to Russia's presidency, and the leaders don't seem... More »

Chance of Greek PM Losing Confidence Vote: High

Meanwhile, the G20 wrestles with Greece mess

(Newser) - Things aren’t looking good for George Papandreou ahead of tomorrow’s confidence vote: The Greek prime minister has lost several key supporters over his shocking plan to put the EU bailout to a vote on Dec. 4—and now has a majority of just one, Reuters reports. Greece's... More »

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