Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Trump to meet with Putin this summer

Trump to meet with Putin this summer

He took photos of Trump speaking and shaking hands with the foreign minister and the ambassador, and White House personnel assumed said photos would be used for non-public matters. "He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to", a White House spokesman said of Trump's Lavrov meeting. The official requested anonymity to discuss matters of security.

The hosts of "The View" erupted Thursday over reports that President Donald Trump banned American media from covering his Wednesday Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislak, calling the move "treason".

So, the White House let the Russian media into the Oval Office when they thought they were just letting in a couple of diplomats, one of which has reportedly been characterised by US intelligence as "Russia's top spy recruiter". There had been no plans to immediately broadcast images from the meeting.

However, White House photographers and independent media are very different and one can not replace the other. According to a CNN story, those photos, taken by a Russian State photographer weren't supposed to be released.

The White House's readout of Trump's meeting with Lavrov did not mention Kislyak.

"I think we were absolutely given the information that we could have at that time", said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders of the evolving statements. "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.

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As part of the Russian press pool, he has covered many of Lavrov's official trips around the globe, including in the USA, the photographer said, explaining that a procedure for such events is routine: "The lists of journalists who cover trips are always submitted beforehand". President Barack Obama's staff frequently adopted a similar policy. No one from the White House.

Other officials anxious that surveillance devices could have been brought into the room, according to The Post. The meeting with Lavrov was on the schedule long before that, but many watching the events unfold got the sense that Russian officials were enjoying the obvious awkwardness.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned in February after reportedly misleading senior administration officials about past talks with Kislyak.

"The officials cited the danger that a listening device or other surveillance equipment could have been brought into the Oval Office while hidden in cameras or other electronics", writes the Post, referencing, among others, former deputy Central Intelligence Agency director David S. Cohen.

According to CNN, the meeting was set to emphasize the necessity for the US and Russian Federation to combine forces in an effort to end Syrian and Ukrainian violence. Some US media even speculated the Russian journalist was hypothetically able to bring eavesdropping equipment to the US presidential office.

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