President Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met for the first time in a highly anticipated encounter at the G20 conference in Germany.
Trump and Putin discussed “various things” in a face-to-face meeting Friday that lasted nearly two hours longer than its scheduled 30 minutes.
The President, speaking with reporters before the meeting, said there are “a lot of positive things happening, for Russia, for the United States.”
Putin, speaking to Trump, told Trump, “I’m delighted to be able to meet you.”
Their friendly encounter comes at a time of tense relations between Washington and Moscow.
Earlier in the day, Trump and Putin had their first documented encounter — grinning and shaking hands — ahead of a G20 meeting with other world leaders.
“I look forward to all meetings today with world leaders, including my meeting with Vladimir Putin. Much to discuss,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) July 7, 2017