This isn't the first time the Kremlin has leaked details about talks between Putin and Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has leaked details of a phone call with Trump that the White House tried to hide.
On the official Russian embassy Twitter account, the Kremlin noted talks between Putin and Trump regarding U.S. assistance in fighting wildfires in Siberia. According to the tweet, Putin "viewed Trump's offer as a sign that fully-fledged bilateral relations could be restored in the future."
Talks between government heads are very common, it’s not as common for one government to leak details about their conversations. And for hours after the tweet was up, the White House did not acknowledge the phone call. It was not until during the highly publicized Democratic presidential debate that the Trump administration admitted the call took place.
Additionally, it seems strange for Trump to offer assistance to a foreign government's firefighting efforts when he has threatened to cut federal funding for California wildfire relief efforts. The Trump administration has also been known to disparage victims of U.S. wildfires, making his offer to Russia even more strange.
This is not the first time the Kremlin has put Trump in his place.
Last year, during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, a Kremlin official leaked details of a meeting between Trump and Putin, which didn't line up with the White House's description of the event. And despite all these talks with Putin, Trump has still refused to call him out for meddling in the 2016 election but has laughed with him about it.
It seems like Putin is still trying to put Trump in his place, and Trump seems fine with that.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.