LISTEN: White House says Trump and Putin talked sanctions in meeting

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WASHINGTON — The White House says sanctions related to Russian election meddling were discussed in the meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

The statement from the White House on Monday is a direct contradiction to comments tweeted by Trump a day earlier.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that “sanctions specific to election meddling were discussed” in Friday’s meeting with Putin.

Trump tweeted on Sunday: “Sanctions were not discussed at my meeting with President Putin. Nothing will be done until the Ukrainian & Syrian problems are solved!”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for clarity.

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