President Trump has asked Russia’s Vladimir Putin not to meddle in US elections after allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 campaign.
The leaders traded brief remarks on Friday before a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, when a reporter shouted to Trump about warning Putin “not to meddle” in the 2020 election.
Trump replied: “Yes, of course, I will”, drawing a laugh from Putin.
Trump then then turned to Putin to give the directive twice as he pointed a finger at him. “Don’t meddle in the election, please,” Trump said.
According to Aljazeera, it was the first time the two leaders have had a formal face-to-face meeting since a controversial high-profile summit in Helsinki last July. Trump’s critics have accused him of being too friendly with Putin and castigated him for failing to publicly confront the Russian leader over the election-meddling allegations.