President Donald Trump “didn’t say no” when former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos suggested setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign, according to a source who was in the room at the time, CNN reported on Wednesday.
Papadopoulos, who pled guilty in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, was described by Trump as an “excellent guy” during a March 2016 meetings. Court filings said that Papadopoulos admitted pushing for a meeting with Putin.
A person who was in the room at the time told CNN that Trump did not dismiss the idea.
“He didn’t say yes and he didn’t say no,” the official explained.
Then-adviser Jeff Sessions, however, reportedly shut down the suggested meeting.
CNN noted that Mueller’s investigation may be looking into Trump’s reaction to the suggested meeting with Putin.