Trump told Lester Holt that Russian President Vladimir Putin ask him to have a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Trump pleaded “what was I going to do, tell him no?”
A White House spokesman told Politico that Putin requested the two meet during Trump’s last phone call with the foreign leader.
“He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to,” the spokesman said. “Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.”
The White House said in a statement Trump expressed “his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russia” during the meeting.
The meeting was closed to the press(except TASS), but both the Kremlin and the Russian Embassy in the United States tweeted photos of Trump with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
No puppet! You’re the puppet, you’re the puppet!