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Trump comments on meetings with foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia: #LetsMakePeace

Kenny Thornton | 12 May, 2017, 23:04

Which, as many observers point out, is rather odd considering the mounting evidence that suggests Comey wasn't fired for his mishandling of the Hillary Clinton emails investigation, but rather for his continued pursuit of alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

In addition, Kislyak was brought into the Trump Tower in New York in December out of the sight of reporters for a meeting with Flynn and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and now senior advisor, according to The New York Times.

Sergei Kislyak, Russia's ambassador who was in the meeting, has been a large part of the current controversy.

The Kremlin has hidden bugs in sensitive U.S. facilities.

As CNN reported, the White House claims it was duped by the Russians.

After pictures of a smiling Trump, Kislyak, and Lavrov hit the internet, a White House official said, "they tricked us". The State Department did post photos of Lavrov's meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, but that was open to the press... "President Trump emphasized the need to work together to end the conflict in Syria, in particular, underscoring the need for Russian Federation to rein in the Assad regime, Iran, and Iranian proxies".

Also in January, a leaked dossier authored by a former MI6 agent alleged that Moscow had compromising materials on Trump that could be used to blackmail him. This behavior - firing the person who is investigating you - may pass in Putin's Russian Federation, but it is disgracefully below the office of the President of the United States... Members of the US press weren't allowed in, and photos from the official White House photographer didn't appear anywhere until the following day.

Numerous officials raised alarm bells over the timing, The Washington Post reports, which was a day after Trump fired James Comey, who as FBI director was in charge of the bureau's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to meddle in last year's United States election.

Seth Meyers: 'America Is Both Among, And In, Deep S
Meyers then read part of a New York Times story that alleged a fraught relationship between Trump and Comey in recent months.

Before Comey was sacked, USA federal prosecutors had issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn as part of the Russian Federation probe. "I said I will see him".

On Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs posted a photo of Trump shaking hands with Russian diplomat Sergey Lavrov.

Sergey Kislyak has been the Russian Ambassador in Washington for almost a decade, since 2008. Responding to a question posed online about whether it was a sound decision to allow the photographer into the Oval Office, Cohen replied on Twitter: "No it was not".

Asked whether the Russian delegation informed the White House that they planned to release the photos, one official said tersely: "No they did not".

"Yesterday, on the same day - I had meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the FM of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin".

A White House official told The Washington Post the White House didn't know the photographer documenting Trump's Wednesday meeting also worked for Tass, a state-run news agency.

"Was he fired? You are kidding", he said after reporters asked if the firing would affect their talks.

Responding to a question about whether a possible decision on the Russian Ambassador's replacement and the dismissal of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey looked like a "swap', Russian President Vladimir Putin's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov on Thursday rejected the speculations".

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