November 28, 2018

Trump may cancel his G20 meeting with Putin

Featuring Rachel Rizzo

Source: Vox

Journalist Alex Ward

President Donald Trump plans to meet with world leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina this week, including with the heads of Japan, Germany, and China. But there’s one meeting he may cancel — a chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, Trump said he might scrap the meeting over Russia’s attack on three Ukrainian ships in a vital waterway two days earlier.

The incident, in which Russian vessels rammed into and shot at Ukrainian warships, seriously injured at least six of Kiev’s sailors.

“Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” Trump said, adding that he would wait for a “full report” about the altercation before making his decision. It’s a bit of a reversal for the president, who on Monday failed to blame Russia for the incident during an interview with reporters.

While Trump didn’t fully commit to trashing the Putin reunion, his comments are still striking — although some experts don’t really think he’s sincere.

Read the full article and more in Vox.

  • Rachel Rizzo

    1Lt Andrew J. Bacevich, Jr., USA Fellow, Transatlantic Security Program

    Rachel Rizzo is the 1Lt Andrew J. Bacevich, Jr., USA Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Transatlantic Security Program. Her research focus...