Monday, July 10, 2017
"Team Trump wants us all to get over this annoying Russia thing and just move on. Sorry sir, not going to happen.
At the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man whose thumb was all over the scale that delivered Trump’s victory. It was like a father meeting his offspring. But was it their first meeting? Maybe, maybe not.
For years Trump claimed not only that he had met Putin, but also that the two men had a great relationship.
Then in July 2016 came the about-face. At a news conference, Trump said, “I never met Putin,” and “I don’t know who Putin is.” This, coincidentally, was the same news conference at which he encouraged Russia’s cyberattack of Hillary Clinton’s campaign to “find the 30,000 emails that are missing.
Thereafter, Trump would repeatedly deny meeting Putin or knowing him..."
Putin Meets His Progeny - The New York Times