White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

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There's more than a small possibility that the photographer left some form of surveillance equipment in the White House.

With all the communication between Russian government officials and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, you'd think someone at the White House would know that the Kremlin is home to professional trolls.

Yesterday, less than 24 hours after he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, who was investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election, President Donald Trump held a meeting with Russian government officials and barred any American news outlets from attending.

The hosts also discussed news that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to resign after the White House tried to pin Donald Trump's firing of James Comey on him.

The lack of independent USA media and the presence of a Russian state photographer in the room, however, raises serious concerns for the photojournalists assigned to cover the White House. Trump on Wednesday welcomed Vladimir Putins top diplomat to the White House for Trumps highest level face-to-face contact with a Russian government official since he took office in January.

Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador who was in the meeting, has been a large part of the current controversy. The meeting hadn't been listed on the president's official schedule.

Trump on Thursday blew up that narrative entirely when he told NBC News' Lester Holt that he had already chose to fire Comey "regardless of recommendation".

The photographer reportedly worked for Russia's state-owned news agency Tass but was described as Lavrov's official photographer.


The official also rejected security concerns about allowing Russian officials into the Oval Office, including Kislyak, who is widely considered to be a spy by U.S. intelligence officials.

CNN's Jim Acosta got a more animated quote: "They tricked us".

Putin asked Trump to meet with Lavrov when the two leaders spoke by phone last week, according to a person with knowledge of the call.

"When I spoke with Putin, he asked me whether or not I would see Lavrov", Trump said.

Trump said "when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said "you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".

Trump said he wasn't concerned about potential bad optics of meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak a day after firing Comey. "I think things are happening that are really, really, really positive". Oh, I know. It's nearly like it doesn't make sense. "Your question looks very amusing for me". "I'm looking to do a great job for the country".

His post was re-posted by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

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