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Melania Sent To Break Up Trump-Putin Meeting

| by Michael Allen
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said First Lady Melania Trump was sent to break up President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7 in Hamburg, Germany.

According to Tillerson, the president's meeting with Putin was only supposed to last 30 minutes, but ended up lasting more than two hours, notes the Washington Examiner.

"Several times I had to remind the president, people were sticking their heads in the door," Tillerson told reporters. "They even sent in the first lady at one point to see if she could get us out of there, and that didn't work either … We went another hour after she came in to see us, so clearly she failed."

There were competing narratives about how the meeting actually went.

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The Associated Press tweeted on July 7: "Russian foreign minister [Sergey Lavrov] says Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Russia didn't meddle in the U.S. election."

AP wrote in a follow up tweet one minute later: "Tillerson says after Trump-Putin meeting that Russia has asked for proof of involvement in election interference."

CNBC's John Harwood tweeted: "Tillerson, asked how Trump addressed Putin on election hacking: 'he pressed him, and then talked about how to we go forward.'"

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Jim Acosta of CNN tweeted: Tillerson says it's not likely US and Russia will come to agreement on Russian meddling in US election: 'The question is what do we do now?'"

NBC News correspondent Peter Alexander tweeted: "Admin official disputes FM Lavrov's assertion that Trump accepted Putin's assurances that Russia didn't meddle in US election."

Garry Kasparov, who chairs the Human Rights Foundation, tweeted a picture of the president reaching out to Putin who appeared to glare at his hand with the caption: "This photo already everywhere in Russian media (as was a similar one with Obama). Putin knows how to play this game. Trump reaching to him."

Back in Hamburg, Melania's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the first lady was unable to leave her hotel because of protests against the G20 summit, reports CNN.

"Hamburg police couldn't provide clearance for us to leave," Grisham told journalists on July 7.

Media reports said the spouses of G20 leaders were scheduled to go on a river cruise and take a tour of a climate change center.

However, activists have been protesting the G20 summit, and clashed with police who used water cannons on the demonstrators. The protesters responded by throwing smoke bombs and bottles.

While Melanie failed to disrupt her husband's meeting and was trapped in her hotel, she is wowing people in a recent Fox News poll.

In the poll results published on July 7, Melania received a 51 percent approval rating from Fox News viewers, which is an increase of 14 points since a December poll. Her new rating is a 16-point climb since summer 2016 when she had only a 35 percent favorable rating.

In the most recent poll, she has 28 percent negative rating.

Sources: Washington Examiner, Fox News, CNN, The Associated Press/Twitter (2), John Harwood‏/Twitter, Jim Acosta/Twitter, Peter Alexander/TwitterGarry Kasparov‏/Twitter / Photo Credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr, Shealah Craighead/Wikimedia CommonsMarianique Santos/Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

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