President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results MORE concealed details about encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin from officials in his administration on multiple occasions, current and former U.S. officials told the The Washington Post in a report published on Saturday.
The Post reported that there is a lack of detailed records on five of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.
On one occasion, Trump reportedly took notes on an encounter from his own interpreter and directed the linguist not to discuss the meeting with other officials in his administration.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment on the new report.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the Post's story, calling it "outrageously inaccurate."
"The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response," she said.
"The liberal media has wasted two years trying to manufacture a fake collusion scandal instead of reporting on the fact that unlike President Obama, who let Russia and other foreign adversaries push America around, President Trump has actually been tough on Russia."
The Post highlighted a 2017 meeting in Hamburg between the two presidents where a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information beyond a prepared readout.
Trump has received criticism for alleged ties to the Kremlin, and his campaign is currently thought to be being investigated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE for potential collusion during the 2016 election.
One source of that criticism comes from the president dismissing claims of Russian interference in American elections as a "hoax."
Former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Supreme Court lets Texas abortion law stand Trump-era ban on travel to North Korea extended Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE told the Post that he “was present for the entirety of the two presidents’ official bilateral meeting in Hamburg,” but declined to discuss the content of the meeting and did not respond to questions about whether Trump had instructed the interpreter to remain silent or had taken the interpreter’s notes.