Osaka - US President Donald Trump, upon the prodding of journalists, turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin, wagged a finger and with a smirk on his face told his counterpart not to meddle in elections.
"Of course," Trump said, when asked by journalists at the G20 summit in Osaka on Friday if he would warn Putin. He then proceeded to say: "Don't meddle in the elections, president."
Both Trump and Putin laughed as the press was wrangled out of the small room where the Russian and United States delegations were set to then hold extended talks.
Trump and Putin have a range of issues to potentially discuss, including Iran, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela and nuclear arms control. The US president said he has a good relationship with Putin and expects positive outcomes.
As the G20 was getting under way just hours earlier, Trump and Putin appeared friendly. They walked together to the family photo, possibly chatting, before they parted ways, with Trump giving Putin a pat on the back. They later met again for their formal meeting.