This weekend, Greg Miller reported on the lengths to which Donald Trump has gone to hide the contents of his discussions with Putin from his — Trump’s own — administration. See Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration.
Normally – in a properly functioning federal administration – a meeting between the American president and the leader of a hostile foreign power would include many supporting American officials.
Photographs confirm this plain fact:
Obama Administration & Putin:
Reagan Administration & Gorbachev:
Nixon Administration & Mao:
By contrast, Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov & then-Ambassador Kislyak in the Oval Office: