President Donald Trump was the first to raise the topic of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election at his face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit meeting, which the Russian president denied, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.
Tillerson also added that it was the first subject Trump raised on both leaders’ agenda for the meeting.
“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” for dealing with such threats, including terrorism, efforts to hack into the “internal affairs of countries” and any actions against “infrastructure.”