Melania Trump unable to attend G-20 spouses event due to protests, later meets Vladimir Putin

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.

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Fri, Jul 7, 2017: Trump meets with Mexican President, talks NAFTA and wall-building

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during the their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump hailed progress on trade after meeting his Mexican counterpart on Friday, as Mexico’s government said it expected a general agreement on reworking the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the end of 2017.

For the first time since becoming president in January, Trump met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose foreign minister, Luis Videgaray, said he expected talks on renegotiating NAFTA to start on Aug. 16., the earliest possible date. Continue reading “Fri, Jul 7, 2017: Trump meets with Mexican President, talks NAFTA and wall-building”

Fri, July 7, 2017: Trump, Putin have long-awaited meeting, say they look for ‘positive’ relations

At long last face to face, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced confidence Friday that their historic first meeting would pave the way for a positive trajectory for their two countries. If thornier issues like election meddling came up, they discussed them only in private.

In characteristically confident fashion, Trump said he and the Russian leader were holding “very, very good talks” as journalists were briefly allowed in to witness part of their meeting in Germany. Seated with an American flag behind him, Trump appeared informal and relaxed and said it was “an honor” to be with Putin. Continue reading “Fri, July 7, 2017: Trump, Putin have long-awaited meeting, say they look for ‘positive’ relations”

Fri, July 7, 2017: Trump meets Putin, participates in G-20 Summit

In the morning, President Trump will attend the G-20 Summit Leaders Retreat.

He will then participate in a G-20 Summit Leaders Official Photograph.

In the afternoon, he’ll participate in an expanded meeting with President Peña Nieto of Mexico.

Trump will then join the G-20 Summit Leaders Working Lunch followed by the G-20 Summit Leaders Working Session II.

Then comes the highlight of the trip – Trump meets with President Vladimir Putin of Russia.

In the evening, there’s the G-20 Summit Reception followed by the G-20 Summit Concert and the G-20 Summit Social Dinner.