Trump pressed Putin on Russian involvement in U.S. election: Tillerson

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President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is at left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

U.S. President Donald Trump opened his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday by raising the concerns of the American people about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

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"They had a very robust and lengthy exchange on the subject," Tillerson said after the two leaders' meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Germany.

"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." 

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Tim Ahmann and James Dalgleish)

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