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Trump’s two hours alone with Putin still rattling US


President Donald Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin continues to unsettle lawmakers and foreign policy experts, many of whom also gave the thumbs-down to a possible follow-up meeting at the White House.
“We need to know everything, and the president’s national security team needs to know everything” about the leaders’ two-hour meeting in Helsinki on July 16, Susan Rice, national security
adviser to President Barack Obama, said on ABC’s “This Week”.
Rice said it was an “historic mistake” to allow Trump — or any US president — to sit down with Putin without note-takers or aides present in the room.
“We have no idea what transpired,” she said.
“The Russians are feeding their line of what happened,” Rice said. “We are hearing no rebuttal or comment from the United States. Russia is dictating the public perception — the global public perception of what transpired in that meeting, and we have no basis for countering it.”

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