Friday's HOT MIC
To answer the burning question on every MSM reporter's mind: Yes, President Trump did press Vladimir Putin on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections at their face-to-face meeting at the G-20 today, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Via ABC News:
"The president opened the meeting by raising the concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in 2016 election. Putin denied such involvement, as he has done in the past," Tillerson said during an off-camera briefing today in Hamburg, Germany.
"The two leaders agreed this is of substantial hindrance. They agreed to exchange further work regarding commitments of noninterference in the affairs of the U.S. and our democratic process as well as other countries.”
Tillerson also added that both presidents acknowledged the “challenges of cyberthreats and interference in the democratic processes" in the United States and other countries and that they would work together to "create a framework" to deal with these cyberthreats, in terms of how they are used to hack into the “internal affairs of countries,” terrorism and how they also threaten “infrastructure.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also noted during a televised news conference that Trump raised the issue of election interference, though adding that the president accepted Putin’s “clear statements” that “Russian leadership hadn’t interfered.”