Da Nang, November 11: President of the United States of America Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin shook hands and exchanged a few words at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam on Saturday. This comes amid the two countries failing to hold a formal meeting due to ‘scheduling conflict’.
However, the two presidents had an opportunity to shake hands, small talk and show friendly gestures while the summit’s participants were taking a group photo wearing the national costumes of the host country, Tass news agency reported.
Both Trump and Putin were wearing oversized, blue traditional-style Vietnamese shirts which were provided by the host country and stood next to one another for a picture. Reportedly, Trump also put his hand on Putin’s shoulder in a friendly manner as they exchanged a couple of words.
Noteworthy that earlier, White House had said that a formal meeting will not be held between the two leaders due to scheduling conflicts on both sides.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One said, “There was never a meeting confirmed and there will not be one that takes place due to scheduling conflicts on both sides. We’re not going to be able to make anything work.”
On Friday, she also said that since they will be in the same event, they are going to ‘bump into each other’ and greet. “There’s no formal meeting or anything scheduled for them. Now, they’re going to be in the same place, so are they going to bump into each other and say hello,” she said.