Of course they were.
For those that didn’t know, President Trump met at the White House today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
(And as an aside, am I the only one who can’t help but notice that every man from Russia is named either “Vladimir” or “Sergei”?)
The meeting, itself, was not unusual. Even with all the controversy regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible entanglements between Trump’s team and Moscow, the president is expected to meet with foreign dignitaries.
What kind of bites is that U.S. media were shut out of the meeting.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Though the official White House schedule that was released Tuesday night said that the meeting would be closed to press, photos of it did emerge, which were reportedly taken by Russian state-owned media.
A spokesperson for the Trump administration said that the White House official photographer, as well as Russia’s photographer, were allowed into the meeting.
Except no one has seen anything from the American photographer, yet.
With only pictures from a Russian source to go on, there’s no real context for what the meeting entailed, but the White House did release a summation.
According to the White House release, they discussed Syria, the Ukraine, and the “desire to build a better relationship between the United States and Russia.”
I haven’t said this in a bit, so I’ll say it now: Russia IS NOT our friend!
Trump is hoping to change that, however.
Ambassador Kislyak and President Trump / Посол С.Кисляк и Президент Д.Трамп pic.twitter.com/Ckkx2YL9KX
— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) May 10, 2017