Trump swore interpreter to secrecy after Putin meeting and took away notes: report
American President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit. (Kremlin photo.)

President Donald Trump went to "extraordinary lengths" to hide his meetings with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin from his own White House aides, reports the Washington Post.


According to the Post, Trump took away his interpreter's notes from the meeting "instructing the linguist not to discuss what had transpired with other administration officials."

"The constraints that Trump imposed are part of a broader pattern by the president of shielding his communications with Putin from public scrutiny and preventing even high-ranking officials in his own administration from fully knowing what he has told one of the United States’ main adversaries," the Post writes.

According to officials, "the president thinks the presence of subordinates impairs his ability to establish a rapport with Putin."

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