Okay, I'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it's for the cameras, and after they leave we'll talk. You understand. — Donald Trump
Okay, I'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it's for the cameras, and after they leave we'll talk. You understand. — Donald Trump
Trump pretended to be tough with Putin while the cameras were on but told him 'after they leave, we'll talk,' former top aide says in book
  • Trump reportedly acted tough with Vladimir Putin during a June 2019 meeting.
  • "I'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it's for the cameras," Trump said, per a new book.
  • Trump's former press secretary Stephanie Grisham detailed the scene in her forthcoming book.
Former President Donald Trump pretended to be tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a one-on-one meeting, according to a new book by Trump's former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

"Okay, I'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. But it's for the cameras, and after they leave we'll talk. You understand," Trump told Putin at the G20 summit in Japan two years ago as journalists had exited the room, per Grisham.

... The June 2019 meeting was the first time Trump and Putin spoke face to face after former special counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Prior to the investigation's findings, Trump had repeatedly dismissed claims that Russia meddled in the election and refused to confront Putin on the subject.

"President Putin says it's not Russia. I don't see any reason why it would be," Trump said at a press conference in 2018 after the two world leaders met for a summit in Finland.

During their 2019 encounter, Trump jokingly told Putin not to meddle in the US' upcoming 2020 election.


Throughout his tenure, Trump was widely criticized for cozying up to dictators and the US' foreign enemies. The former president once said he got along better with "tougher and meaner" world leaders during an interview with veteran journalist Bob Woodward for his 2020 book, "Rage."
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