Asia-Pacific

Trump tells Putin:Don't meddle in US polls

Donald Trump(R) has jokingly told Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in US elections. (AAP)

US President Donald Trump has jokingly told Russian President Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the US elections, after prodding from a journalist.

US President Donald Trump has told Russian President Vladimir Putin not to meddle in the US elections, appearing to make light of a scandal that led to a two-year investigation into his campaign's contact with the Kremlin during the 2016 elections.

Asked by a reporter whether he would raise the issue during a bilateral meeting with Putin, Trump said: "Yes, of course I will."

Trump then turned to Putin to give the directive twice while pointing at the Russian leader.

Putin maintained a smile as the remark was interpreted for him.

Trump and Putin were heading into a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

It was the first time the two leaders have had a formal face-to-face meeting since a controversial high-profile summit in Helsinki last July.

Stay up to date with SBS NEWS

  • App
  • Subscribe
  • Follow
  • Listen
  • Watch