Trump denies hiding detail of Putin summit talks from staff

President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable discussion on border security at the White House on Friday

Trump has gone to what the Post described as "extraordinary lengths" to keep the specifics of his conversations with his Russian counterpart under wraps.

Citing current and former US officials, the report claims that after a 2017 meeting between the two heads of state in Germany, Trump also instructed the translator not to disclose any details of what transpired with administration officials.

President Donald Trump's White House has been bracing for aggressive oversight from the so-called "investigative committees" after Democrats won the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections.

Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The Trump administration "has imposed significant new sanctions in response to Russian malign activities", said the spokesman, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and noted that Tillerson in 2017 "gave a fulsome readout of the meeting immediately afterward to other U.S. officials in a private setting, as well as a readout to the press".

It is standard practice for all conversations between the President of the United States and other foreign leaders to be recorded via note, and for those notes to be archived, regardless of their classification level.

Trump allies said the president thinks the presence of subordinates impairs his ability to establish a rapport with Putin, and that his desire for secrecy may also be driven by embarrassing leaks that occurred early in his presidency. "I do it with all countries".

"It's been many months since Helsinki, and we still don't know what Putin and Trump talked about", Engel said. "I'm not keeping anything under wraps, I couldn't care less".

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called the Times report "absurd" and said Comey was sacked for being "a disgraced partisan hack".

"The Washington Post story is so outrageously inaccurate it doesn't even warrant a response", she said in a statement.

Trump said that it was "the most insulting article I've ever had written [about me]" on Saturday, and asserted that he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody else, any other - probably any other president period".

The Post's report comes on the heels of another explosive report by the New York Times which claimed the FBI opened a probe into the possibility that Trump was secretly working for Russian Federation after FBI Director James Comey's firing.

Other topics include whether Trump's business interests have impacted his foreign policy, his love affair with Kim Jong-un, murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump family ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and Trump's Twitter announcement about withdrawing from Syria.

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