Trump Didn't Have Note Taker at First 2017 Putin Meeting: WSJ

(Bloomberg) -- When Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time as heads of state in Germany in 2017, only Putin asked to have a note taker present, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing several officials familiar with the matter.

  • Without a note taker, only then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accompanied Trump, and Tillerson took notes to brief the administration later
  • In addition, many of Trump’s top officials were never briefed on the meeting with Putin nor were leaders for many allies, the newspaper reported
  • A foreign official says phone call transcripts have been reduced since leaks early in Trump’s tenure
  • NOTE: Jan. 12, Trump says he’s not hiding Putin face-to-face chat details

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