Bamboozled White House Staff Furious To Discover Russians 'Lie'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 0:11
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". "Russia told them that a state media agency photographer was actually the official government photographer".
The White House was blindsided that the photo ended up on social media - and was used by Russian Federation to troll the US. "I am an individual who is not in the public eye and I've never commented on my work before, but, this hysteria around my photoshoot at the White House, has forced me to write this post", read the post. Outlets from the New York Times to Newsweek and Quartz reported the perceived snub to US-based media. "They tricked us", the anonymous official said.
His post was re-posted by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
Critics allege the decision had more to do with the investigation Comey was leading into whether members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation in its interference in the 2016 election.
Senator Jeff Merkley gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Thursday about President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "I mean, that's just stunning". This is incorrect, as the official White House photographer was reportedly there as well.
"President Trump emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria, in particular, underscoring the need for Russia to rein in the Assad regime, Iran, and Iranian proxies", the White House said following the talks between the USA leader and the Russian foreign minister. The U.S. press corps was not allowed into the meeting.
President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats is being heavily criticized by U.S. photographers today.
President Trump fired Comey Tuesday - telling NBC News Thursday that the former FBI director was "a showboat" - as the agency continues his investigation into Russian meddling in the November election.
Describing the whole situation as "nonsense", the Russian photographer posted an "address to the USA media" on his Facebook page.
Yesterday, a meeting took place in the Oval Office that would give pause to even the small number of Americans who still don't feel like they're living in a John le Carre spy novel.
The White House is left fuming after Russia publishes photos of Donald Trump meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R).
Trump had to dismiss his first National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, after revelations that Flynn had undisclosed conversations with Kislyak over the U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation.
White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert said the order sought to build on efforts undertaken by the Obama administration.
Publicly, the White House put on a courageous face.
"American presidents have underestimated, historically, the cleverness of the Russians".