Trump-Putin Meeting Raises Red Flags for National Security Experts

President Donald Trump’s just-disclosed hourlong meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit — using a Kremlin translator, with no national security staff present — may have damaged U.S. interests, according to some national security experts.

With no other witness or note-taker of the sort normally present on the American side, there’s no guarantee that Trump or Putin’s words were translated correctly — or that Trump didn’t give away more classified information, as he did when top Russian officials came to the White House in May.

Image: Trump and Putin at dinner

Bird’s eye view of the G-20 dinner where Putin and Trump talked. Their seating locations are highlighted.