The same day, a White House official refuted the claims, saying that Trump and Putin did not have a second meeting in Hamburg, but had a brief conversation at the end of a formal dinner. The official called the insinuation that the White House hiding the second meeting "false, malicious and absurd."
"Those who raise the issue like this seek to undermine president Trump’s authority, to create extra difficulties for him," Ryabkov said as broadcast by the Rossiya-1 television channel.
After the media reports have been released, Trump harshly slammed the coverage of his private talks with the Russian leader.
The Fake News is becoming more and more dishonest! Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 19 июля 2017 г.
Instead of a scheduled one hour, the meeting ended after about 2 hours 20 minutes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were also present at the talks.
Trump has been accused of "collusion" with Russia by political opponents seeking to de-legitimize his election victory. Trump has denounced the accusations as a "witch hunt." Former FBI director Rob Mueller has been appointed as Special Counsel in the Justice Department to investigate alleged links between Trump and the Russian government.