Although the media was barred from Wednesday's meeting, the Russian-owned TASS news agency shortly afterward began circulating more than a dozen photos showing a beaming Trump shaking hands with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.
The White House is facing criticism for a possible security breach after it allowed a Russian news service photographer into the Oval Office to take photos of President Donald Trump and a pair of senior Russian officials. United States presidential spokeswoman said the permission to let a Russian reporter make photos of the Trump-Lavrov meeting was not a violation of the protocol.
When President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the Oval Office on Wednesday just hours after firing the FBI director who was overseeing an investigation into whether Trump's team colluded the Russians, he was breaking with recent precedent at the specific request of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At his news conference Wednesday, Lavrov scoffed at a question about the possibility of Russian meddling in the US election.
"To me the big issue is how does the president put out coherent messages on his domestic and foreign policy when there is so much incoherence in his White House".
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CBS News' Anthony Mason spoke with foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan at the U.S. State Department and correspondent Elizabeth Palmer in Sochi, Russia. "The Russians were begging us for years to do that", one of the former officials said.
"The meeting in the Oval Office lasted around 30 minutes".
"No, it was not", David S. Cohen, the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, replied. Some US media even speculated the Russian journalist was hypothetically able to bring eavesdropping equipment to the US presidential office.
Quickly recovering from the Comey controversy is critical to establishing that Trump can be a dependable worldwide partner.
"I trust our prosecutors in the field to make good judgments", Sessions said. 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? "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", Shcherbak wrote on Thursday.