White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sat next to her Russian counterpart as he gleefully laughed during the joint press conference between American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Phil Rucker, the White House bureau chief for The Washington Post, described what he saw from inside the room of the press conference.
After praising Associated Press White House reporter Jon Lemire and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason for their “straight-forward questions,” Rucker noted one detail from the bilateral summit.
“I have to tell you, off to the side sitting next to Sarah Sanders was Dmitry Peskov, who you know as Putin’s spokesperson,” Rucker observed.
As Trump and Putin address reporters, their spokespeople Sarah Sanders and Dmitry Peskov watch from the sidelines in Helsinki pic.twitter.com/6ai0cC4olY
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“He was chuckling at times, he seemed a little bit kind of gleeful,” he reported.
“I don’t know what to make of it,” Rucker admitted. “That was a weird response that he had.”