White House furious after Russian media posted Oval Office photos
- Author: Leroy Wright May 12, 2017,
May 12, 2017, 16:01
President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, second left, at the White House on May 10, 2017.
This handout photo released by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows President Trump meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office Wednesday.
The TASS photographer went on saying that he "covered nearly all the meetings that took place in the US, France, Germany, Switzerland and many other countries". When Tillerson went to Moscow and met with Vladimir Putin, for instance, they gave a joint news conference there.
This has led the NPPA among many others to accuse the White House of enabling Russian propaganda after the Russian Foreign Ministry released the only photos of the meeting to United States news agencies and the public.
"We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency", the administration official said. One person who spoke to him said he'd been "fixated" on his news coverage and believed his press team was failing him and that he needed "to take the situation into his own hands".
President Trump jabbed back at Russian Federation on Thursday, tweeting out photos that show him standing next to Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office - and also seated next to rival Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin of Ukraine.
Mr Comey's shock dismissal ignited furore among Democrats, who suggested that the FBI's investigation into Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation could now be tainted, an idea the White House has rejected. Yet, he told Lester Holt that he had made up his mind beforehand and it didn't matter what was suggested by the Justice Department.
As CNN reported, the White House claims it was duped by the Russians.
The Russian photographer invited to shoot a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reacted to outrage from media outlets and the administration, saying: "Honestly, this is nonsense to me". "They tricked us", the anonymous official said. And Kislyak was not mentioned in the official White House readout of the meeting. When pressed on why members of the American press weren't allowed to attend, however, Acosta's source insisted it was standard practice for meetings with "lower-level foreign officials" who weren't heads of state. Richard Burr of North Carolina, said of the Comey firing: "The timing of this and the reasoning for it doesn't make sense to me".
American media photographers were prohibited from the Oval Office for the meeting.
Russian Federation has in the past gone to significant lengths to hide bugs in key US facilities.
During the campaign, Sessions, who was then a USA senator, and Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page also met with Kislyak - as did Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. So not only are you shadily meeting with a foreign adversary we know helped you get elected, and that you are now under investigation for colluding with, AND that you're doing it right after you just fired the man in charge of said investigation, but you're also getting played by the Russians at the same time?