With Awkward Timing, Trump Meets Top Russian Official

Javier Howell
May 13, 2017

After the meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry posted a photo of a smiling US President shaking hands with Lavrov on Twitter, along with video of Lavrov joking about Comey's firing. Russian president Vladimir Putin requested during a recent phone conversation that Trump meet with Lavrov, the official said.

According to the unidentified staff members, Mr Trump repeatedly asked aides why the allegations would not disappear and demanded they defend him publicly.

Asked about the same issue again, Lavrov said, "I thought we were all grow-ups here".

"The goal of both president Trump and president Putin is to have concrete results which will be tangible and which will allow (us) to alleviate problems, including on the global agenda", he told reporters.

The five-term Republican who represents California's Congressional District 4, which includes Tuolumne and Calaveras counties, stated he also strongly supported Trump's surprise decision on Tuesday to fire FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an inquiry into whether anyone connected to the campaign colluded with Russian Federation to swing the election in the president's favor.

Kislyak has been a central figure in the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation.

Lavrov's unheralded meeting with Trump Wednesday made waves because it was closed to the White House press corps while a photographer with the Russian state-owned news agency TASS was allowed in.

"We hope that despite the current political situation they (US mass media - TASS) will stay loyal to the principles of profession and journalistic solidarity", the RJU said. "I never thought I would have to answer such questions, especially in the US, with your deeply rooted democratic political system". "His public statements are sufficient for me".

"Our bilateral relations aren't very positive, and the reason for that is well known", he said. 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.

Meanwhile, the new administration has been beleaguered over its Russian Federation connection.

Meeting Lavrov the next day was considered a questionable move, and it has been suggested it wasn't one the White House wanted to publicize.

The Kremlin has hidden bugs in sensitive US facilities.

He also cited and quoted the intelligence community's annual "Worldwide Threat Assessment" released today, which details past, present and future threats from Russian Federation.

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