President Donald Trump said Wednesday his lips are sealed about what he and Russian President Vladimir Putin say to each other behind closed doors.
Ahead of his expected meeting with Putin on the sidelines of this weekend’s G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, the president told reporters that while he expected to have a positive conversation with Putin, he would not divulge whether he will press the adversarial leader about election interference.
“I will have a very good conversation with him,” Trump said, adding, “What I say to him is none of your business.”
The meeting between the two leaders will come as the 2020 election heats up, with Democratic hopefuls taking the stage for their first debates on Wednesday and Thursday. Trump has done little to assuage fears that he’s not actively working to safeguard next year’s election from interference, including saying in a recent interview that he would likely accept dirt on an opponent from an foreign adversary, and that he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI about it.
Traitors, dictators, criminals . . . all prefer to operate in secret.