Putin warmly greets Saudi Crown Prince MBS, video: http://youtu.be/rXiSafSqXAY
According to Bloomberg, Trump and Putin shook hands ca 8:25 pm. Bloomberg also reported that a White House official said that Trump and the Crown Prince “met briefly” “during a leaders’ session” See: “Trump Meets MBS, Family Fights, Ukraine Statement: G20 Update” Bloomberg News November 30, 2018, 9:50 AM EST Updated on November 30, 2018, 6:29 PM EST https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-30/nafta-signing-ukraine-statement-mbs-meetings-g20-update
Did they meet on the sneak? Or did they not meet?
“Russian authorities said Friday that Vladimir Putin will have a brief meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“There is no scheduled pull-aside,” was the only response from a White House official when queried about a Kremlin spokesman saying there would be an “impromptu” meeting on the G-20 sidelines.
The U.S. comment, however, leaves open the possibility there could, indeed, be an unscheduled encounter.” (Herman-VOA, November 30, 2018 10:04 AM)
“Q: “You were going to, or at least you had considered meeting with [Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin, and you have declined to. Had you met with him, what was your agenda with the president?”
Trump: “Well, I just said that, you know, frankly, in light of what happened with Ukraine with the ships and the sailors, it just wouldn’t be the right time. But I will meet with him. I think we have a very good relationship, and I think we’re going to have a very good relationship with Russia, and China, and everyone else. I mean, I think it’s important. So I’ll meet with him at the appropriate time.” Excerpt from “VOA Interview With President Trump“, November 30, 2018 4:47 PM, by Greta Van Susteren https://www.voanews.com/a/voa-interview-with-president-trump/4681928.html
“Reporters traveling with Trump say he has been in a bad mood and distracted after his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted lying to Congress about a Trump real estate deal in Russia…” “Trump Tweets About Russia Dealings from G-20“, November 30, 2018 8:55 AM, VOA News https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-tweets-about-russia-dealings-from-g-20/4681167.html
From VOA News:
“Kremlin Says Putin, Trump Will Meet on Sidelines of G-20
November 30, 2018 10:04 AM, by Steve Herman
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA —
Russian authorities said Friday that Vladimir Putin will have a brief meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“There is no scheduled pull-aside,” was the only response from a White House official when queried about a Kremlin spokesman saying there would be an “impromptu” meeting on the G-20 sidelines. The U.S. comment, however, leaves open the possibility there could, indeed, be an unscheduled encounter.
On Thursday, Trump said he was canceling his scheduled meeting with the Russian leader following Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and their crews in the Black Sea region.
“Based on the fact that the ships and sailors have not been returned to Ukraine from Russia, I have decided it would be best for all parties concerned to cancel my previously scheduled meeting in Argentina,” Trump tweeted Thursday on Air Force One on his way to Buenos Aires.
The announced cancellation also came hours after U.S. prosecutors revealed that Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted lying to Congress about a Trump real estate deal in Russia.
The revelation signaled the special counsel is focusing more closely on the Trump campaign’s communications with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. When asked about the canceled Putin meeting Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders emphasized the move was about Russia’s action in Ukraine, not the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“The Russian witch hunt hoax, which is hopefully now nearing an end, is doing very well. Unfortunately, it probably does undermine our relationship with Russia. However, the reason for our canceled meeting is Ukraine. Hopefully, that will be resolved soon so that productive conversations can begin,” Sanders told reporters in Buenos Aires.” https://www.voanews.com/a/kremlin-says-putin-trump-will-meet-on-sidelines-of-g-20/4681251.html
“Death of a dissident: Saudi Arabia and the rise of the mobster state What the media aren’t saying about Jamal Khashoggi” by John R. Bradley, The Spectator: https://archive.is/9VsBe