First Lady Melania Trump was sent in to try halting Friday’s meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“Several times I had to remind the president, people were sticking their heads in the door,” he told reporters after the pair’s huddle in Hamburg, Germany, according to The Washington Examiner.
“They even sent 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.”
President Trump’s meeting with Putin was the first personal encounter between both men and had originally been slated for 30 minutes.
The pair reportedly spoke for two hours and sixteen minutes instead, with Melania Trump intruding over an hour into the discussion.
Some Twitter users on Friday commented upon Trump’s first handshake with Putin since becoming America’s president.
Other people on the social media platform criticized the encounter, which came amid multiple federal probes in the U.S. into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Donald Trump trusts Vladimir Putin more than the US intelligence community. That should terrify every American.— John Haltiwanger (@jchaltiwanger) July 7, 2017
Tillerson added that Trump “pressed” Putin on Russian interference in last year’s White House race during their conversation.
“[They] had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject,” he said, noting Putin denied Russia had tampered with the 2016 contest.
The FBI and several congressional committees are currently examining whether Russia intruded in last year’s election, including possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s election bid.