Trump will meet with China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin during G-20May 13, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin when world leaders gather in Japan next month for the annual G-20 conclave, the president said Monday.
Trump’s announcement comes amid an escalating trade war with China that has roiled markets as both the U.S. and Beijing have upped tariffs on each other’s products. After trade talks fell apart last week, Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.
“I’ll meet with them directly,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
Trump was widely criticized by members of his own party for his last formal meeting with Putin last year, in which the president contradicted his own intelligence officials by saying he saw no reason to believe Russia tried to influence the 2016 election. The president later sought to walk the comment back, saying he meant to say he saw no reason why they wouldn’t have attempted to meddle in the election.
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The White House cancelled Trump’s meeting with Putin at last year’s G-20 in Buenos Aires, but the two met informally following a dinner. This year’s G-20 will take place in Osaka, Japan, in late June.
In this May 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
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