On Friday Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the first (maybe?) time.
The headliner on the card between the two men was no doubt the election hacking done by Russia at the behest of Putin in which the DNC and a Hillary Clinton aid, John Podesta, were compromised and had their information leaked to and then by Wikileaks to harm the Clinton campaign. In addition to that affront there was also the Russian's use of bots and paid computer specialists who flooded the internet and social media with false stories in an attempt to sway the election in Trump's favor.
With those hefty topics on the front burner amazingly only six men were allowed to sit in on the meeting.
There was Trump and Putin who were joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Besides those four only two translators were allowed to sit in on the tête-à-tête.
Interestingly, the meeting comes one day after Mr. Trump took a proverbial dump all over the US intelligence agencies that supposedly work for him. Answering a reporters questions in Poland Trump, despite reports from all of his intelligence agencies that concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 election, said Russia might not have been responsible for the US election hacking because 15 years ago they gave questionable information about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Despite the stunning breach of protocol by publicly berating the men and women of the US intelligence agencies while overseas the six way meeting was on and lasted for a whopping two and a half hours.
After the meeting both Trump and Putin sent out their respective mouthpieces to flack for them.
On Trump's side Tillerson said Trump "pressed" Putin on the election hacking and then asked "how do we go forward?". Apparently quite well as the Secretary of State immediately added that while the relationship between the U.S. and Russia is a "complicated" one the two men had a...
"positive chemistry," and that "there was not a lot of re-litigating of the past."
On Putin's behalf Lavrov claimed, when confronted by Trump about hacking the US election, Putin denied any role in such a scandalous affair to which Lavrov said Trump accepted fully.
Lavrov claimed Mr. Trump said that...
"some circles continue to pump up the topic of Russian interference in the American elections though they can't prove it."
So there you have it. The two men met, they sent out their respective shills to inform the media of the meetings content, no one knows whom to trust and no one really learned anything about what went on in the meeting.
The only thing that is iron-clad is that there are no further meetings scheduled between Mr. Trump and Putin at this point.