Russian government releases photos of Oval Office meeting

May 15, 2017
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He mentioned worrisome “bits and pieces” of information coming out about conversations between various Trump campaign advisers and Russian officials in 2016.

The White House did not post photos of the meeting until Thursday. But it’s not uncommon for meetings with lower-level officials to occur without press coverage. “Proper protocol was followed in this procedure”, she said.

Senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said the Oval Office encounter was a photo opportunity for Russian Federation.

Instead of being part of the conversation, US reporters were sent to an unannounced meeting for Trump, this time with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who most notably served under President Richard Nixon. You know, the Russians, Robert, were obviously very eager to highlight this trip. The attorneys also write that over the last 10 years, it is likely that the Trump Organization sold or rented condos, or other products, that “could have produced income attributable to Russian sources”.

In response to the White House official’s complaint that the White House was “tricked“, former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice said on Twitter: “No kidding!”

In Moscow, Putin met with his security council to discuss US-Russian relations in the context of Lavrov’s meeting with Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Initially the White House cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey’s handling of last year’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails as the impetus for Trump’s decision. When the press pool was allowed into the Oval Office at the meeting’s conclusion, both Lavrov and Kislyak were gone and, in a surprise, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was with Trump instead. When Tillerson went to Moscow and met with Vladimir Putin, for instance, they gave a joint news conference there. Some experts have even called it a security breach, suggesting that the photographer could have smuggled a bug into the Oval Office in his camera equipment. His name is Alexander Shcherbak.

The embattled top lawman told lawmakers he made the request for more help in a meeting with Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the Russian Federation probe, according to three US officials.

“We clearly stated that a photographer from the Tass agency would be with our party, who will carry out the functions of the minister’s photographer in this case”, Zakharova told Tass. Writing on Facebook, she called the incident a “protocol shoot” and accused the US “mediasphere” of working itself into a frenzy. In a later statement, the White House said Trump “further emphasized his desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russian Federation”.

The photos were Russian. “Now what do I … should I say no I’m not gonna see him?” The news agency is owned by the government.

CORRECTION: The headline on this article has been updated to clarify that the reaction to outrage from the White House originated from Russian photographer Alexandr Scherbak.

KELEMEN: Well, he says he was a Russian journalist traveling as he always does. Inside the State Department, some officials fear that this is a politically-minded purge that cuts out much-needed expertise from the policy-making, rather than simply reorganizing the bureaucracy.

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