- President Donald Trump reported that he had hidden details of his conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin from his administration.
- He once took notes from his interpreter and ordered the linguist to remain silent after a meeting in Putin with Hamburg in Germany The Washington Post reported on Saturday
- US officials told The Post that he was not There are detailed records of Trump's face-to-face conversations with Putin on five occasions in the last two years.
President Donald Trump took the trouble to hide the details of his communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin from his own administration – even taking notes from his interpreter and ordering the linguist to remain silent, as reported from the Washington Post.
The Post, citing current and former US officials, said Trump took the interpreter's notes after a 2017 meeting with Putin in Hamburg, which was also attended by Rex then Secretary of State Tillerson.
The offi doctors said they had discovered the apparent concealment when a White House advisor and a State Department official tried to get information from the interpreter over a separate reading provided by Tillerson.
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump meeting at the G20
A White House spokesman told The Post on condition anonymity that Tillerson's reading of the Hamburg meeting was "shining" and delivered to US officials soon after – and a reading was given to the press.
The spokesman added that Trump sought to "improve relations with Russia" and "imposed significant new sanctions in response to Russian criminal activities".
The White House did not respond immediately to INSIDER's request for comment  Read more : The FBI began to investigate whether Trump was a Russian asset after firing Comey  Tillerson told The Post in an e-mail that "was present for the entirety of the official bilateral meeting of the two presidents in Hamburg," but he refused to comment on the meeting and if Trump had taken note of the 39; interpreter.
Tillerson has already discussed the Hamburg meeting, saying Eporters at a news conference that Trump has "pressed" Putin on charges that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, which Putin denied.
But although Tillerson had refused during the press conference whether Trump had accepted or refused Putin's denial, Trump administration officials said the only detail the interpreter would give was that Trump responded by saying to Putin: "I believe you".
It is unclear whether Trump took the interpreters' notes in more than one occasion, but several officials told The Post they never received a reliable reading from Trump and Putin's meeting in Helsinki in July 2018, which was not attended by government officials or helpers of Trump
US officials told the Post that there are no detailed records – even classified – of Trump addressing conversations with Putin on five occasions in the last two years.
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