It was the first time U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart had met face to face since the Mueller investigation revealed the scope of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
And when pressed whether he had warned Russia not to do it again, Trump said this: (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Don't meddle in the election, please." Trump then gave the directive again… wagging his finger at Russian President Vladimir Putin as both leaders smirked.
The U.S. president appearing to make light of a scandal that led to a 2-year-investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into links between his campaign and Moscow.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "We went through the biggest witch hunt in political history." While Mueller's report concluded there was not enough evidence to say Trump's campaign conspired with Moscow, he also said he could not exonerate the president of obstruction of justice in the investigation.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SPECIAL COUNSEL ROBERT MUELLER SAYING: "If we had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so." The meeting between Trump and Putin took place at the G20 in Osaka, Japan.
(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "It's a great honour to be with President (Vladimir) Putin.
(FLASH) And we are going to discuss a lot of different things, with a great reading, with a very, very good relationship." Trump's critics have accused him of being too friendly with Putin and castigated him for failing to publicly confront the Russian leader at their summit in Helsinki last year after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian operatives had hacked into Democratic party computers and used fake social media accounts to attack his opponent Hillary Clinton.