Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump haven’t met recently in DC
The claim: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in DC on July 26
Former President Donald Trump returned to Washington, D.C. in late July, making his first appearance in the nation’s capital since leaving office in 2021. A Facebook post claimed Trump had a high-profile meeting with a controversial world leader during his brief visit.
Asset gave a speech at the America First Policy Institute on July 26, but there is no indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the United States. Putin’s last documented international visit was to Iran, and a series of US sanctions against him in light of Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine make it unlikely he will be able or willing to come to the country.
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Putin’s last known visit to the US was in 2015
The US Treasury Department in February announced sanctions against Putinincluding blocking his American “properties and property interests” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In May, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the country was permanently banning nearly 1,000 Americans to enter its borders, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Trump, who invited Putin to the White House when he was in office, was not on the list.
A few days later, the The White House has announced new measures designed to “turn Russia into a global financial pariah”, which included targeting Russian government officials and business leaders as well as restricting the Russian military’s ability to obtain American-sourced products and technology .
Our opinion: False
Based on our research, we rate the claim that Trump and Putin met in Washington, DC on July 26 FALSE. While Trump delivered a speech in the nation’s capital that day, Putin’s last known trip abroad was to Iran. Current US sanctions against him also make Putin’s visit to the country unlikely.
Our fact-checking sources:
- USA TODAY, July 26 ‘They want to hurt me’: Donald Trump hits out at critics, Biden back in Washington
- CNN, July 20 Putin arrives in Iran on his first trip outside the former Soviet Union since invading Ukraine
- The Kremlin, July 19 Travels
- The White House, June 2, BACKGROUNDER: U.S. Takes Additional Steps to Combat Russia’s Sanctions Circumvention
- USA TODAY May 22 Russia bans 963 Americans from the country, including Biden, Harris, Zuckerberg. But not Trump.
- US Treasury, February 25 US Treasury imposes sanctions on President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
- Reuters, October 26, 2018, The White House invites Putin to Washington
- USA TODAY, October 26, 2018, Trump administration invites Putin to Washington for 2019 visit
- The Kremlin, September 28, 2015, 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly
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