White House Takes Flak for Letting Russian State Media Into Oval Office

White House Takes Flak for Letting Russian State Media Into Oval Office

White House Takes Flak for Letting Russian State Media Into Oval Office

The White House posted photos online of the meeting a full day later, but they did not include any images of Lavrov. By contrast, when Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson traveled to Moscow last month, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation kept him waiting for hours before granting him an audience at the Kremlin.

CNN's senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, tweeted that a White House official had said Russians "lie" and had "tricked" U.S. officials. Instead, we have Trump, gripping and grinning Lavrov and Kislyak like they're his two new besties.

The lack of independent U.S. media and the presence of a Russian state photographer in the room, however, raises serious concerns for the photojournalists assigned to cover the White House.

It also covers the post-election time period in which Mr Trump and his transition team made a decision to appoint Mr Flynn as national security adviser.

Some former intelligence officials also raised concerns about the presence of the Russian photographer, maintaining that it posed a potential security risk for the White House.

The White House later released its own pictures from the meeting, which did not feature Kislyak.

Indeed, David Cohen, the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, noted to MNSBC's Andrea Mitchell yesterday how striking it was to see the president having a grand old time in the Oval Office with a Russian who's a potential figure in an FBI investigation.

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The official noted that "it is standard practice for ambassadors to accompany their principals, and it is ridiculous to suggest there was anything improper".

Yes, Donald, anyone with a lick of sense given this current political moment would have said, "No. Lavrov can meet with Tillerson".

Trump also tweeted that he met with Russian officials as well as the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pvalo Klimkin on Wednesday, and said that he wants to spread peace.

"Do you know what would happen if the official photos were not published?" she asked in a Facebook post.

Mr Donald Trump on Thursday (May 11) urged Russian Federation and Ukraine to "make peace", in a tweet accompanied by two photos of the United States president posing with top diplomats from the rival countries. Later, the president and his advisers said Mr Trump had planned to fire Mr Comey since taking office. She said having journalists in the room isn't necessary when the president is meeting lower-level officials. "I said I will see him".

Sanders added that it was "proper protocol" to close a meeting to the press when Trump is meeting with a foreign official who is not a head of state. "I think the Comey operation was breathing down the neck of the Trump campaign and their operatives, and this was an effort to slow down the investigation". "It was set up a while ago and, frankly, I could have waited but what difference does it make?"

"It looks like we're going to fill the prisons back up after finally getting the federal prison population down", said Kevin Ring, president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

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