Russian Media Invited Into Trump's Closed-Door Meeting With Kremlin Officials
President Donald Trump met today with Russia's foreign minister and U.S. ambassador less than a day after his firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Reporters have pointed out that the photos of Trump and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Amb. Sergey Kislyak were taken by Russian media at the White House, while U.S. media was not invited.
The only meeting on Trump's calendar today was the closed-door morning meeting with Lavrov. He also met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who served under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Pool brought into the Oval. It's Trump and ... Kissinger. pic.twitter.com/1F1CPO4kQw
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) May 10, 2017
In an earlier meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Lavrov casually joked with reporters about Comey's firing.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 10, 2017
John Bussey of the Wall Street Journal called it "awkward" for Russian media to be at the White House for the event without their American counterparts.
Photos of Trump's meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak just hit the Getty wire and they're all credited to Russian news agency TASS pic.twitter.com/qE9lWB6KuS
— Matt Novak (@paleofuture) May 10, 2017
Trump only allowed Russian media into today's meeting with Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador.
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 10, 2017
Bussey said the public will likely demand a bipartisan, honest investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia so that there can be "finality" on the issue.
He also questioned why the firing was done in a seemingly "helter-skelter" fashion. Bussey said it was "unfortunate" to have Russian officials at the White House the next day and for the administration not to immediately speak publicly about the firing.
Watch the discussion from "Happening Now" above.