Trump's intel bosses reiterate: Russian Federation meddled in election

Trump 'screaming at TV over Russian investigation'

Trump's abrupt decision to fire Comey earlier this week has come under criticism, particularly from Democrats who question why the president removed him in the middle of an FBI investigation into Trump associates' contacts with Russian Federation.

The American media, however, never caught a glimpse of either Russian inside the White House.

He described Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as "the kind of people who want to maintain a dialogue not as a means of demonstrating what they can achieve in the area of ideological preferences, but rather as a means of solving particular issues which have great bearing on the nation's progress, peoples' well-being and settling conflicts in different areas". When it turned out that a White House photographer was present there, too, some mass media said the Trump administration was angry these photographs were published openly.

But he did not say that he also works for Tass, a Russian state-run news agency.

Trump was apparently referring to three meetings he claims he had with Comey, who he fired on Tuesday.

"What are we supposed to do?" the official asked.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the announcement following his talks with the U.S. President yesterday, reports TASS news agency.

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Critics allege the decision had more to do with the investigation Comey was leading into whether members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian Federation in its interference in the 2016 election. Putin said Russian Federation had nothing to do with the firing and that Trump was acting within his constitutional mandate.

Reporters weren't allowed into the meeting, and the only images that emerged came from Russian government accounts, while Scherbak's images appeared in Russian state media and its social media accounts.

Meeting Lavrov the next day was considered a questionable move, and it has been suggested it wasn't one the White House wanted to publicize.

"This aggressiveness was evident in Russia's efforts to influence the 2016 USA election, and we assess that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized the 2016 United States election-focused data thefts and disclosures, based on the scope and sensitivity of the targets".

"Deadly serious (question): Was it a good idea to let a Russian gov photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?" asked Colin Kahl, a former Obama White House staffer and National Security adviser to former Vice-President Joe Biden. "I never thought I would have to answer such questions, especially in the USA, with your deeply rooted democratic political system".

Officials dismissed any security concerns, saying that Lavrov's entourage went through the typical visitor screening process and that the White House is routinely swept for listening devices.