Trump retaliates on Twitter over Russian Federation photos
- Author: Leroy Wright May 13, 2017,
May 13, 2017, 13:54
The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a photo of a smiling U.S. President shaking hands with Lavrov on Twitter while also posting a video of Lavrov joking about Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey's firing.
A Russian photographer from the TASS news agency, who was the official photographer for Russia's Foreign Minister Lavrov during his USA trip, has spoken out about the hype surrounding his recent work assignment, describing the criticism as "absurd and ludicrous". Trump on Wednesday welcomed Vladimir Putin's top diplomat to the White House for Trump's highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since he took office in January. As I was finishing this animation, the Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the US presidential election subpoenaed Michael Flynn. The only photographers in the room were the official White House photographer and a photographer from Tass, a state-run news agency.
In other words, Lavrov was right where he has always wanted to be Wednesday: mocking the United States while being welcomed in the Oval Office by the president himself.
The official also pushed back on critics who have questioned whether Trump should have met in the Oval Office with Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak, whose interactions with Trump campaign officials have come under scrutiny by federal and congressional investigators.
President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats is being heavily criticized by USA photographers today.
The White House has said there was no risk, however, because the photographer went through a security screening, though it's unclear if that examination would catch sophisticated spying devices.
The Post noted that among the critics are former deputy Central Intelligence Agency director David S. Cohen, who condemned the decision on Twitter.
The situation has been heavily criticized, with the former national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden taking to Twitter to question the event. Some US media even speculated the Russian journalist was hypothetically able to bring eavesdropping equipment to the US presidential office.
"We were concerned that the American people had been misled about the underlying conduct and what General Flynn had done", she said. Instead, Trump said he was going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation.
"And I think that it's probably pretty evident in his behavior over the a year ago or so with the back-and-forth and I think that it speaks pretty clearly", she said.