Yesterday, Donald Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak. The White House didn’t allow the American press in, but did allow official Russian photographers.
Everyone from Chuck Todd to a former CIA official was mad about that. Whether it was an assault on the free press or straight-up dangerous to allow Russian crews to set up tech in the Oval Office, the involvement of the Russian news agency TASS was the only way American people got images from the meeting.
Now, the White House is upset about even that.
According to CNN, the Trump administration didn’t think that TASS would post the photos. In fact, CNN quotes an official as saying, “They tricked us,” and, “That’s the problem with the Russians — they lie.”
CNN also described how the Russian media acted in a pretty straight-forward way: “The Russians used the photos to troll the White House in its social media posts Wednesday.”
There was reportedly a White House photographer in the room, too. That person did not post photos to social media.
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