Trump-Putin meeting, scheduled for 30 minutes, lasted over two hours

Trump-Putin meeting, scheduled for 30 minutes, lasted over two hours
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE's bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Cohen says Trump attorney told him to say Trump Tower talks ended earlier than they did Butina asks for donations to pay legal expenses MORE ran for more than two hours Friday, far longer than the 30 minutes it had been scheduled for.

The White House press pool reported that, in all, the meeting lasted two hours and 16 minutes. 

It wasn't immediately clear what the two leaders discussed in the highly anticipated meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. 


The meeting was strictly limited in its participants, with only Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and two interpreters allowed in the room. 

In public remarks before going into the closed meeting, Trump told Putin that it was "an honor to be with you." Putin replied: "I'm delighted to meet you."

The bilateral meeting — the first between the two leaders — was closely watched in the U.S. Trump is facing numerous investigations back in Washington into Russia's role in the 2016 election, as well as possible coordination between his campaign and Russia.

Both Trump and the Kremlin have denied those allegations, but Democratic lawmakers tried to pressure the president to bring up the hacking during the face-to-face. 

Other possible topics of discussion were the ongoing conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine, both of which find Moscow and Washington on opposing sides.