"He began by raising the concern of the American people of Russian interference in the 2016 election," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters after the meeting, according to the Times. "He pressed him more than once."
Russian foreign minister Sergei V. Lavrov described a less contentious talk in his comments to Russian reporters.
"President Trump said that this campaign has already taken on a rather strange character, because over the many months that these accusations have been made, not a single fact has been presented," Lavrov said.
"President Trump said that he had heard the clear statements from President Putin about this being untrue, that the Russian leadership did not interfere in the election, and that he accepts these statements."
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