President Trump is on the fourth leg of the 12 day Asia Tour in Da Nang, Vietnam, to discuss, Trade and NOKO. This morning, (9:45 a.m. local time) the most powerful man of the free world, President Trump, walked in to the same room where Vladimir Putin was standing at APEC.
President Trump stepped up onto the two tier group photograph staging area with great confidence and both world leaders reached toward one another in what was an immediate extension for the handshake which was equally firm and strong and seemed to last a while as President Trump towers over Vladimir. President Trump gave him a side back pat to end the shake which also seemed like a dominant and confident action. See video below as Trump greets Vladimir Putin at APEC 2017 Gala.
Vladimir Putin enters the group photograph area in the beginning of the video and stands alone until President Trump enters around the 1:07 minute mark:
Sarah Sanders-Huckabee announced “There was never a meeting confirmed, and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides. There’s no formal meeting or anything scheduled for them. Now, they’re going to be in the same place. Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely. But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar.” as reported by Fox News.
Fox News said, “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had told reporters on Thursday that there was no reason to schedule a meeting if the U.S. and Russia are unable to make significant progress on issues like Syria, Ukraine and North Korea. “The view has been if the two leaders are going to meet, is there something sufficiently substantive to talk about that would warrant a formal meeting,” he said.”
CNN ran a headline “Trump, Putin to meet and discuss North Korea” which turned out to be false.
The first meeting between the leaders was in July at the G20 meeting. See the video below of the FIRST Handshake between the two world leader. Again, although they both had an equally strong shake, President Trump seems to be the dominant one.
President Trump, is expected to take a strong stand on trade at APEC in Da Nang, Vietnam.
(Feature Photo credit to screen capture)