Trump Will Not Meet Putin In Vietnam, White House Says

Tyler Durden's picture

Two days after the Kremlin said there was a “strong possibility” that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the upcoming Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam, the Trump White House has seemingly caved to outside pressure and confirmed that there are currently no plans for a formal meeting between Putin and Trump on the sidelines of the summit.

The Kremlin had announced that both sides were working on a suitable time and format for a meeting when both men are in Vietnam starting Friday. But US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had downplayed the possibility in an interview on his flight from China to Vietnam. He said if there wasn’t the likelihood of progress on a number of issues, there was no point to a meeting. The White House communications department later confirmed Tillerson’s assessment.

As Bloomberg points out, any Putin-Trump meeting would be fraught with complications given the recent indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Furthermore, the revelation that former foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos agreed to cooperate with the probe over the summer – and may even have worn a wire in meetings with Trump associates – has created tension among Trump's inner circle.

“Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.”

Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Friday it was "hard to overestimate the importance and significance of any contact between the president of Russia and the United States for all international matters."

As Strategic Culture Foundation's Andrei Akulov notes, President Donald Trump told Fox News last week that he may meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said it was very important to meet the Russian leader. The US president expressed hope that Russia would help solve the North Korea problem. "It's hard to overestimate the importance and significance for all international matters of any contact between the presidents of Russia and the United States," said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin and Trump first met at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July when they discussed allegations of Russian meddling in the US presidential election. Back then, the leaders agreed to focus on better ties. However, the relations have soured further since that time as the diplomatic scandal broke out. In August, the president signed new sanctions against Russia. During the election campaign, Donald Trump pitched himself as a leader who would normalize the relationship. The American voters backed this stance. But the promised improvement has not materialized.

Today, the relations between Russia and the US are on a downward spiral of sanctions and accusations. It’s true that the Russian-American relations are struggling through their most difficult period since the end of the Cold War.

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Rex Andrus's picture

Got to get back to the states and freeze congress's assets before they bolt.

Rick Cerone's picture

Has anyone heard of the new invention called the fucking telephone?

Stan522's picture

What, so the NSA can record it then release out-of-context excerpts of it...?

me or you's picture

Mr Putin should meet Bibi he's the real US president. 

RussianSniper's picture

Anyone with a brain should understand the Russia/Trump collusion is a hoax.

What we are realizing in real time is that the Hillary Clinton campaign created this treasonous fiction.

Equally important, the entire republican and democratic establishment of congress, is continuing this fraud.

The corporate owned fake news is equally complicit in the fraud and the cover up.

Trump very well may be the only hope for the USA.
Sadly, he's running out of time.

These professional liars in media and congress, wrote the rules, and are very good at protecting their own interests, (wealth and power), at all costs.

rejected's picture

Trump very well may be the only hope for the USA.

Hope for the USA died in the 1963 Coup. 

All that remains is a soulless carcass.

AriusArmenian's picture

Yes, behind the fake US democrary strings are being pulled by the intelligence agencies and Wall Street.

Moron fake public servants are elected by moron voters.


Mena Arkansas's picture

So because of the dems fake "the russians stole the elections" jihad and the hiring of Robert "I covered up 9/11" Mueller to dig up some dirt, the two most important leaders in the world won't be meeting just as WWIII is brewing in the middle east?

Well played, dems. Well played.

slickrick's picture

Trump cancelled after recalling P-Daddy almost got the hookup with Melania at the last G-20. 

Boogity's picture

She'll hang with the tiny-handed Orange Dotard until he's run out of office within a year and then she'll go for some real man meat, perhaps of the chocolate persuasion.

Debugas's picture

Trump's next tweet - "Shall meet you in hell"

slickrick's picture

P-Daddy's reply, "I will keep the door open for you"

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Lavrov said in Friday. “I don’t know what his pen-pushers are saying, ask them.”...

I believe Ko-Tex Tillerson needs to stop hiding the "Yarmulke" in the fine Lone-Star "Big Hair" he owns!

slickrick's picture

Damn, Lavrov really did call Trumps' team "pen pushers". He must still believe there are a lot of Pussies in American politics.


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

God Damn but I love the dry monotone Russian wit when it comes time to "laying it on the table" and calling "it" what "it" is!

Mustahattu's picture

Trump is a pussy if he's not going to talk with Putin just cos some dual Israel American citizens running the USA says so.

Mena Arkansas's picture

Vlad is probably happy he'll be seated next to Melania at the Asia-Pacific Summit luncheon. Sure beats having a black tranny running his hand up your leg during dessert.

africoman's picture

Of Course he won't meet Vlad,

the agenda is not to make peace,their desperation is for WAR.

Bernardo Gui's picture

Putin is the head of a criminal enterprise. Everything he says and does is geared toward enriching himself and his oligarch patrons.

rejected's picture

Evidence other than hot air?

Boogity's picture

The botoxed Orange Dotard is a smack-talking pussy.  He kisses Israel's, Goldman-Sucks', the Neocon's, and the Deep State's dirty sphincters in a desperate attempt to stay in the White House. 

rejected's picture

Emperor Trump is no where close to the class of President Putin.

It's marbles vs chess where diplomacy is concerned.

Trump's diplomacy resembles that of a rabid Rottweiler vs Putin's make a deal approach.

Trump is completely owned. One can see the strings of the Deep State Puppet Master.


Trump vs Putin Diplomacy

The Gladiator's picture

Democrats feel that ousting Trump is more important than world peace. The epitome of the "Me first,participation trophy" generation they have created.

Guentzburgh's picture

Unless Russia comes clean about its ties to Clinton and its meddling mainly against Trump during the election there will be no progress.

Bloomberg the leftist rag tries to push a narrative of Trump culpability which the pro Russian interests are happy to promote ... as in this article of nonsense

IronForge's picture

All Indo-Pacific APEC belong to the USA.

The Hegemon of Petroollar and Crony Private Enterprise cannot talk with Countries that cannot be Controlled by the USD.

J Mahoney's picture

Strange picture to use accompanying the headline -- little subliminal suggestion of the Wizard of Oz appearing from behind the green curtain ??

AriusArmenian's picture

Trump, like all others before him, took his marching orders and saluted. 

JibjeResearch's picture

Putin, "get in a Bikini .. if you want to talk to me..."

sauldaddy's picture

News Flash!!!! Trump all ready met Putin pictures are up of him shaking hands. More importantly you ever wonder why all of a sudden everybody is ratting out Hollywood??? It's not a coincidense .

With the Obama-Clinton Democratic Party openly calling for the overthrow of President Trump, who have joined by Hollywood, likewise, calling for Trump’s overthrow, and America’s elite media trying to take Trump out too, this report continues, all of them are in gross violation of America’s sedition and treason laws which strictly forbid such actions—and which the NSA has begun retaliating against.

As explained to President Putin by King Salman bin Abdulaziz last month during their historic meeting, this report explains, the NSA was given a secret warrant 3 months ago by President Trump authorizing them to search for and find potential criminal sexual offences committed against women and/or children by political persons, Hollywood celebrities and media elites—and when such criminal sexual crimes were discovered, the NSA was to then contact the victims to notify them that the information could become public knowledge in any future prosecutions.

Scouring through decades of intercepted communications (emails/phone calls/etc.) in order to find such criminal sexual offences occurring against women and children by these elite leftists, this report says, the NSA’s contacting of these victims created a tidal wave of accusations being made public—and not by the NSA, but by the victims themselves who believed it was in their best interest to make the facts known before anyone else.

Agent Pineapple Juice over and out

onwisconsinbadger's picture

Drumpf asked Putin to bring golden shower tapes and Putin said Nyet ! Believe me.

Joiningupthedots's picture

The White House gets it wrong AGAIN.

You couldnt make it up LOL