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Trump team insisted on smaller Putin meeting to avoid leaks: report

Trump team insisted on smaller Putin meeting to avoid leaks: report
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President Trump's team at the G-20 insisted on limiting the number of people present at his Friday meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to avoid leaks and multiple accounts of the event, according to the New York Times.

The Russians reportedly wanted to bring several staff members to the meeting. But Trump aides insisted on keeping the meeting small to prevent any potential leaks from the highly anticipated meeting.

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment on the report.

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Trump's administration has been plagued with leaks about both his conversations with world leaders and diplomats, as well as leaks about the federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election.

The Washington Post reported in May that Trump disclosed classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador during a meeting at the White House.

Trump tweeted in May that leaks regarding the probe coming from the White House were “fabricated lies” concocted by the press. 

The president has downplayed the investigation, saying Thursday that other countries besides Russia could have meddled in the U.S. election.

"I think it was Russia, and I think it could have been other people in other countries," Trump said at a joint news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.

Trump and Putin took part in their first official meeting at the global summit in Hamburg on Friday.

“We’ve had some very good talks, we’re going to have a talk now, and obviously that will continue, but we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, the United States and for everybody concerned. It’s an honor to be with you,” Trump said beside Putin after the meeting.

“I’m delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President, and I hope as you have said our meeting will yield positive results,” Putin responded.