Putin and Trump at APEC Summit

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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Putin and Trump at APEC Summit

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

On Friday they met, shock hands, chatted briefly, and stood side-by-side, posing for the traditional "family photo" at the Danang, Vietnam APEC summit.

Trump didn't attend the Business Advisory Council session held earlier in the day. He and Putin met briefly at least two other times – at the Friday evening dinner and at the start of a Saturday morning meeting.

Earlier and again on Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said no formal meeting was scheduled between the two leaders – an unacceptable US snub, reflecting the dismal state of bilateral relations, the fault lying solely in Washington.

Trump's Asia trip was all about selling war and weapons. He demonized North Korea unacceptably, urged greater regional militarization despite no imminent threats, and sought improved US trade relations with countries he visited.

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