When Trump met with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, the American press was banned. But a photographer from ITAR-TASS, the official propaganda arm of the Russian Federation, was allowed into the oval office.
At a time of strain between the White House and the media over coverage of the new administration, reporters raised questions Wednesday as to why a photographer from the Russian media, but not the U.S. press, was apparently allowed into an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Russian officials.
The issue surfaced after photos of the meeting, including Trump shaking hands with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and controversial Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, appeared in the Russian media.
Trump took the meeting on the orders of Vladimir Putin:
The chummy White House visit—photos of the president yukking it up with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak were released by the Russian Foreign Ministry since no U.S. press was allowed to cover the visit—had been one of Putin’s asks in his recent phone call with Trump, and indeed the White House acknowledged this to me later Wednesday. “He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to,” a White House spokesman said of Trump’s Lavrov meeting. “Putin did specifically ask on the call when they last talked.”Why did Trump agree to this? And on all days, the day after he fired Jim Comey in retribution for refusing to drop the investigation into Trump's Russian connections?
We all know that Trump pretends to hate all the media, except those fawning sexual predators at Fox News. He watches cable news incessantly to see what people are saying about him. So why was a TASS photographer there and no one from Fox?
There is now rampant speculation about whether the photographer was a spy who planted a recording device in the oval office.
For those of you who aren't Russian speakers, TASS is the anglicized abbreviation for Телеграфное Агентство Советского Союза, or Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union. Yes, the Russian propaganda agency still uses its Cold War name!
If Trump weren't the president, the FBI would never issue him a security clearance. With this dork move and the Flynn appointment, it is clear that the CIA should stop briefing Trump on matters of national security.
Especially in the oval office.