On Thursday, Donald Trump first said that he was looking forward to seeing Vladimir Putin and that “I think it's a very good time to have a meeting.” That was less than an hour before the White House press secretary put out a notice that the meeting had been cancelled because Russia is illegally holding Ukrainian ships and sailors hostage. However, within minutes of Trump’s cancelling the meeting, the Jerusalem Post reported that the Kremlin had “rejected” Trump’s cancellation.
What does it means to reject a cancellation? Apparently, it’s the same thing as a summons. Because despite Trump’s announcement—Trump and Putin are meeting after all.
Reuters is reporting that Putin and Trump “will have a brief impromptu meeting” in Argentina. Which, considering that it’s being planned and scheduled in advance, puts a whole new spin on the word “impromptu.” Kind of like how Trump spent the morning describing his connection to a Russian real estate venture as “light.”
Meanwhile, Theresa May has indicated that she will not meet with Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman because of the slight matter of him being a brutal murderer who broke every law of international diplomacy to literally have a journalist hacked apart in the midst of a consulate. With the consul looking on. While Donald Trump has cancelled a number of meetings at the G20, CNN indicates that on that front, Trump is considerably less picky.
Trump has taken the opposite approach, indicating he has no plans to cut ties to Saudi Arabia. And while he couldn't fit in a formal meeting with the crown prince in Buenos Aires, he indicated before he departed the US on Thursday that he would like to speak to the young leader.
Now that he’s cleared some room in his schedule by crossing out democratic leaders, see if Donald Trump doesn’t manage to squeeze in his good friend the murderer.
Impromptu, of course. Impromptu.