Russian's Oval Office access raises questions
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 14, 2017,
May 14, 2017, 7:41
President Donald Trump (L) of the United States and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office at the White House on May 10. 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.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump held a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who is a key figure in the FBI's probe into the administration's possible collusion with Russia.
The White House admitted Thursday that it was unaware Russian Federation would be releasing photos from the closed-door meeting, with one official telling CNN: "They tricked us". The announcement came from the Russian state media but the White House did not immediately confirm the planned pow-wow.
"I don't think the president should have raised it, but I think it should have been raised by Tillerson", said Bolton, who served as USA ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush.
Announcing Comey's abrupt firing Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the president "acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions". Trump's firing of Comey throws into question the future of a counterintelligence investigation into Trump's campaign's possible connections to Russian Federation. "Our official photographer and their official photographer were present - that's it", a White House aide said.
Former White House officials were alarmed at Russian photographers having full access to the US president's office, while the country's own press was kept out.
On Wednesday, administration officials barred the American press from the oval office.
"I never thought I'd have to answer such questions, particularly in the United States, given your highly-developed democratic system", he said.
Less than a month into Mr Trump's presidency, he sacked his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
"It appears that the President and Secretary Tillerson were more focused on making friends with Minister Lavrov than confronting Putin's envoy on Russia's troubling behavior", Engel said in a statement.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.
Fuck it, the Russian's probably hacked his mobile phone ages ago.