President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro hits Trump in campaign launch: ‘A crisis of leadership’ Center stage once again: Colin Powell’s UN speech in ‘Vice’ Julián Castro announces 2020 White House bid, swipes at Trump MORE concealed details about encounters with Russian President Vladimir Putin from officials in his administration on multiple occasions, current and former U.S. officials told the The Washington Post in a report published on Saturday.
The Post reported that there is reportedly a lack of detailed records on five of Trump’s face-to-face meetings with Putin.
On one occasion, Trump reportedly took notes on an encounter from his own interpreter and directed a linguist not to discuss the meeting with other officials in his administration.
The White House did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment on the new report.
The Post highlighted a 2017 meeting in Hamburg between the two presidents where a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought for information beyond a prepared readout.
Trump has received criticism for alleged ties to the Kremlin, and his campaign is currently thought to be being investigated by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE for potential collusion during the 2016 election.
One source of that criticism comes from the president dismissing claims of Russian interference in American elections as a “hoax.”
Former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonForget the border wall, a coup in Guatemala is the real emergency Tweets, confirmations and rallies: Trump’s year in numbers What a year it’s been: A month-by-month look back at 2018’s biggest stories MORE told the Post that he “was present for the entirety of the two presidents’ official bilateral meeting in Hamburg,” but declined to discuss the content of the meeting and did not respond to questions about whether Trump had instructed the interpreter to remain silent or had taken the interpreter’s notes.