Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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.

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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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 TillersonPompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump concealed details of meetings with Putin from senior officials: report Forget the border wall, a coup in Guatemala is the real emergency 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.