The White House on Monday said President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed sanctions related to Russia’s election interference during their meeting last week, contradicting an earlier claim made by the president.
“There were sanctions specific to election meddling that I believe were discussed, but not beyond that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at an off-camera briefing on Monday.
Trump and Putin held their first in-person meeting at the Group of 20 summit on Friday in Germany. The high-stakes encounter came amid a federal probe into Russian election-meddling efforts, as well as tensions over conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
Trump tweeted Sunday that, “sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!”
Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017
Some reports have indicated that Trump was considering scrapping election-related sanctions on Moscow, possibly considering returning two diplomatic compounds U.S. officials believed were used for spying.
The U.S. sanctioned Russia for its 2014 military intervention in Ukraine.
Sanders said Trump’s views on sanctions did not change as a result of the meeting.