(NBC News) Face to face for the first time Friday, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed election hacking and the ongoing war in Syria.
The meeting was only scheduled for 30 minutes, but the two leaders talked for more than two hours.
President Trump opened the meeting by raising the concern of Russian election hacking, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, one of only six people in the room.
“The president pressed President Putin, on more than one occasion, regarding Russian involvement. President Putin denied such involvement, as I think he has in the past,” Tillerson said.
Mr. Trump stopped short of threatening any punishment.
Instead, Tillerson said both leaders are now planning to work together to address cyber threats.
“What the two presidents, I think rightly, focused on is how we move forward. How do we move forward from here?” Tillerson said.
The leaders also announced a major step on Syria, a ceasefire in the country’s southwest region.
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