US President Donald Trump has concealed details of his meetings with Russia’s Vladimir Putin

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US President Donald Trump has gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal details of his conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, including on at least one occasion taking possession of the notes of his own interpreter and instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials, current and former US officials say. 

Trump did so after a meeting with Putin in 2017 in Hamburg that was also attended by then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. US officials learned of Trump’s actions when a White House adviser and a senior State Department official sought information from the interpreter beyond a readout shared by Tillerson.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland in July 2018.

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US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland in July 2018.

The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from…

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