President Trump spent his Saturday making phone calls to foreign leaders from around the world, arranging a visit from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, and accepting an invitation to attend the G20 Summit from Angela Merkel. But those phone calls pale in comparison to a near hour long chat with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S.-Russia relations had hit a post-Cold War low under Barack Obama and Trump has made clear he wants a rapprochement with Moscow if he can get along with Putin.
There was no mention in the statement that the possibility of Trump easing sanctions on Moscow imposed over the Ukraine conflict had been mentioned, a subject widely expected to be raised.
The two apparently talked about rebuilding American-Russian relations, and working together to fight ISIS and stabilize Syria and the middle east.