'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin | US President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday not to meddle in the US elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that

'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin

'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin

'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin

'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin

'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin
'Don't meddle in US elections' - Donald Trump's light-hearted warning to Vladimir Putin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images

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US President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday not to meddle in the US elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that had led to a two-year investigation into his campaign's contact with the Kremlin during the 2016 elections.

Asked by a reporter whether he would raise the issue during a bilateral meeting with Putin, Trump said: "Yes, of course I will."

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Trump then turned to Putin to give the directive twice while pointing at the Russian leader. Putin maintained a smile as the remark was interpreted for him.

Trump and Putin were heading into a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. It was the first time the two leaders have had a formal face-to-face meeting since a controversial high-profile summit in Helsinki last July.

Reuters