The first meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany was originally scheduled to last for only 30 minutes. The two powerful leaders, however, whether they have a lot to talk about or simply found each other engaging, talked far longer than the allotted and intended time, forcing some officials to interrupt the conversation and send signals that the meeting should “wrap up” at some points during the talk. Still, to no avail.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner, even First Lady Melania Trump had to be sent into the pair’s meeting to try to get the two leaders to conclude their talk when the conversation reached its first full hour.
Melania’s charms did not work at that point, though, or for that sole purpose of “breaking up” the meeting as she was unsuccessful with her “assignment.” The meeting lasted for another hour more after U.S. officials requested her to come in, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Tillerson said: “Several times I had to remind the president, people were sticking their heads in the door. 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.”
The meeting lasted 2 hours and 16 minutes.
The interesting question to ask, aside from everything the two talked about, is who eventually initiated the meeting’s end - Trump or Putin? Or was it mutual?