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No Trump-Putin formal assembly on faucet in Asia, White Home says

DANANG, Vietnam — President Trump won’t have a proper sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin whereas the 2 attend a summit, the White Home mentioned Friday shortly earlier than Mr. Trump landed in Vietnam, the fourth cease on his first official go to to Asia.

Chatting with reporters aboard Air Power As soon as, White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders blamed scheduling conflicts on either side for the truth that the leaders won’t meet formally throughout the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation summit happening within the coastal metropolis of Danang.

However Sanders mentioned it was “doable” and “seemingly” that they may have a much less formal encounter, both in Danang or later within the Philippines when Mr. Trump and Putin attend one other regional convention.

“Now, they will be in the identical place. Are they going to stumble upon one another and say hey? Definitely doable and sure,” she mentioned. “However when it comes to a scheduled, formal assembly, there’s not one on the calendar and we do not anticipate that there might be one.”

Sanders spokes to reporters minutes earlier than Air Power One landed in Da Nang.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had informed reporters in Beijing on Thursday that there was no purpose to schedule a gathering if the U.S. and Russia are unable to make important progress on points together with Syria and Ukraine.

“The view has been if the 2 leaders are going to fulfill, is there one thing sufficiently substantive to speak about that might warrant a proper assembly,” he mentioned.

APEC is the primary of a number of summits Mr. Trump will attend on his first journey to Asia as president.

The information comes a day after Mr. Trump put aside his blistering rhetoric in favor of pleasant overtures to China on Thursday, attempting to flatter his hosts into establishing a extra balanced commerce relationship and doing extra to blunt North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Winding down his two days in Beijing, Mr. Trump urged that if the U.S. and China collectively took on the world’s issues, “I consider we are able to resolve nearly all of them, and possibly all of them.”

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