Trump, Putin Hold First Official Meeting at G-20 Summit

(CN) – After months of headlines about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday sat down for their first official meeting, speaking for over two hours on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Heading into the session, Trump said he “looked forward to a lot of positive things happening for Russia, and for the United States and for everyone concerned.”

He then turned to President Putin and said “it’s an honor to be with you.”

Putin responded by saying “I’m delighted to be able to meet you personally, Mr. President. And I hope, as you have said, our meeting will yield a positive result.”

The Russian president said while he and Trump have spoken over the phone, “phone conversations are never enough, definitely.”

Earlier on Friday the the two exchanged pleasantries during the taking of the official portrait of attendees the G-20 summit of industrialized and developing nations.

The Trump/Putin session was originally expected to last for only about 30 minutes and touch upon a number of issues, from the Syrian conflict to Russia’s provocations in Ukraine. However, the two continued to talk for two hours and 16 minutes.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of the ongoing investigation in Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential race.

Trump, on Thursday, said he believes Russia may have interfered in the election, but he said that he believes other countries may have been involved as well.

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