White House Official Says Administration Was 'Tricked' by Russian News Agency

  • White House Official Says Administration Was 'Tricked' by Russian News Agency

White House Official Says Administration Was 'Tricked' by Russian News Agency

Between multiple reports detailing the insane behind-the-scenes drama of James Comey's firing by Donald Trump, Wednesday's endless news dump included meetings between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, State Secretary Rex Tillerson, and the president himself.

Zakharova continued, "I do not believe that I'm writing this, but the #US media are outraged by the publication of official photos!"

According to the Washington Post, the White House did not know the photographer was also a member of the Russian state news agency when he was admitted, and former USA intelligence officials are criticizing the move on the grounds that it opened the White House up to espionage.

The White House's readout on the meeting outlined its focus on ending the war in Syria and Trump's "desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russian Federation".

Rabbi Abraham Cooper - associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles - told The Algemeiner on Friday that the Russian official's words left him "almost speechless".

CNN reported the White House is furious over the incident and quotes one official as saying the Russians tricked them.

The move left the US press reliant only on the Russian government distributed photos for a meeting between their President and foreign officials.

Trump also urged Russian Federation to implement the Minsk accord reached in 2014 in an attempt to end the fighting in Ukraine.

The official White House photographer did not releases any photos, leaving TASS and the Russian foreign ministry as the lone source for the images.

While the White House downplayed the threat, a senior administration official acknowledged to the Associated Press that the White House had been misled about the role of the Russian photographer, who was actually employed by a state-run news agency.

The Russian Embassy followed on Twitter with a photo of Trump smiling as he shook hands with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador in Washington. Lavrov said the meeting mainly focused on ideas of de-escalation zones in Syria.

Asked by a reporter if Comey's dismissal would cast a shadow over his talks with Tillerson, Lavrov acknowledged the elephant in the room by replying in a sarcastic tone: "Was he fired?"

"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. "The president asked that they put those concerns and their recommendation in writing, which is the letter that you guys have received", Sanders said, describing the president's instructions to Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "Not meet with the Russians?"

Donald Trump's administration was left red-faced on Thursday after Moscow surprised it by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the United States president and Russia's top diplomat. "He'd been thinking about it for months, which I did say yesterday and have said many times since. the recommendation I guess he got from the deputy attorney general just further solidified his decision and, again, I think, reaffirmed that he made the right one", Sanders said in the White House briefing.

"I never thought that I would have to answer such questions, particularly being in the U.S.", Lavrov told reporters. "It was set up a while ago and, frankly, I could have waited but what difference does it make?" "Your question looks very amusing for me".