July 20: 2017: Updated with comments about Trump's criticism of Attorney General Sessions
At the recent G-20 Summit, it is now known that Donald Trump approached Vladimir Putin and had a private conversation with him that lasted nearly an hour. This was observed by the other heads of state and their staff in attendance at the conference, but the Trump administration made no mention of it and the American media had no knowledge of this meeting. It took a week for a foreign news source to learn of the meeting from one of the non-U.S. government officials in attendance.
There has been much talk about why Trump did not include Rex Tillerson, his Secretary of State in a conversation that should have required his presence. Some analysts suspect that Trump doesn't fully trust Tillerson, just as he loathes the State Department and the thousand or so diplomats who put their careers on the line before the election by publicly denouncing his candidacy.
Others have wondered what Trump and Putin talked about. Was it the Russian interference in the U.S. election? The Syrian cease fire? North Korea? No one knows, and Trump is the only American at the meeting who can say. If Trump deigns to describe what was discussed, it is not clear the American public can believe Trump's version of events, given his penchant for lying.
There is something else about this meeting that I have not seen discussed in the media, and it is so extraordinary that I wonder why it has been missed by the press.