First lady Melania Trump, who spent the first part of Friday unable to leave her Hamburg residence, was sent in to end the meeting between her husband and Russian leader Vladimir Putin after it ran overtime, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
President Donald Trump and Putin, Tillerson explained, had such good chemistry that they didn’t want to stop talking even after their scheduled time was up. The task then fell to the first lady to nudge them toward finishing up.
“It didn’t work,” Tillerson told reporters. The meeting between Trump and Putin went on for another hour after that, and lasted more than two hours in full.
Earlier, Melania Trump had been scheduled to partake in a tour of the German Climate Computer Center with the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But she was prevented from leaving the residence where she and the president are staying due to security concerns stemming from ongoing protests outside the G-20 summit in Hamburg, the White House said.
Violent protests have raged throughout the northern German city ahead of the international conference, a gathering of the leaders of major economies.