(Washington, DC-AP) — President Trump is reported to have taken steps to keep his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin secret even from his own administration.
The Washington Post reported over the weekend that Trump took the notes from his translator after a 2017 meeting in Germany and told the linguist not to inform members of the government or other U.S. officials what they talked about. Other government officials learned of that after they asked the linguist for information on the meeting. Details of presidential meetings with other heads of state are usually shared across the government to coordinate policy and message.
Officials told the Post that there are no such records of the five face-to-face meetings Trump has had with Putin during the past two years.