President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down Friday for more than two hours at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, for their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office.
"Putin and I have been discussing various things, and I think it has gone very well," Trump said before their lengthy conversation began.
"We've had some very, very good talks. We're going to have a talk now, and obviously, that will continue," Trump said ahead of the meeting, which had been scheduled to last just 30 minutes. "But we look forward to a lot of very positive things happening for Russia, for the United States and for everybody concerned and it's an honor to be with you."
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson joined Trump for the closed-door meeting. Putin brought his foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the meeting as well.
Reporters traveling with Trump shouted questions about Russian election meddling at the outset of the meeting, but neither Trump nor Putin responded.
The White House has remained silent on whether Trump plans to bring up Russia's efforts to influence the election.
Trump criticized Russia on Thursday for its "destabilizing activities" in Syria and Ukraine, the furthest he has taken his criticism of the Kremlin.