Trump and Putin had an “informal conversaion” at the G20 dinner, after all.
“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.” (Steve Herman-VOA, November 30, 2018 10:04 AM https://www.voanews.com/a/kremlin-says-putin-trump-will-meet-on-sidelines-of-g-20/4681251.html)
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweeted (December 1, 2018, 12:28 pm EST) that Trump spoke with Putin last night at the G20, the White House Press Secretary stated, according to the White House Press Pool: “As is typical at multilateral events, President Trump and the First Lady had a number of informal conversations with world leaders at the dinner last night, including President Putin.” https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1068919813513326594
CNN’s Senior White House correspondent, Jeff Zeleny tweeted (December 1, 2018) out the same quote by the White House Press Secretary, and remarked that because the meeting was informal, the conversation can “never be dissected“, “or likely known“. https://twitter.com/jeffzeleny/status/1068924253356072962
As has happened before with Trump, we only have Putin-Russia’s account. According to the Zeleny’s CNN report, Putin stated that he talked to Trump briefly about the incident in the Black Sea (i.e. Kerch Strait-Ukraine). Zeleny calls the lack of formal meeting a “lost opportunity”, seemingly in line with Putin’s position: http://youtu.be/0QIgmOoXxyo
“Pentagon chief slams ‘slow learner’ Putin over election meddling Posted:Sat, 01 Dec 2018 18:28:08 -0500 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday of being a “slow learner” who again tried to meddle in U.S. elections in November, adding that he had no trust in the Russian leader” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/worldNews/~3/wJzdSUMtvNE/pentagon-chief-slams-slow-learner-putin-over-election-meddling-idUSKCN1O03U8