The Russian government posted photos of President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak on its official Twitter accounts and the White House is furious.
Following the Tweets the White House immediately said the Russian government “tricked” them after American media outlets were barred from attending the meeting.
A White House official tells CNN’s Jim Acosta that the Trump administration is “furious” at the Russians because they were told before the meeting that no photos would be shared with the public.
WH furious over Russian government photos of Trump meeting with Lavrov/Kislyak. "They tricked us," an official said of Russians "They lie."
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 11, 2017
“They tricked us,” one official told Acosta about the Russians. “They lie.”
That same official said the White House “did not anticipate” that the photos would ever be used for propaganda purposes by the Russian government.
Trump’s administration is already under fire for taking a meeting with Kislyak just one day after the 4th POTUS fired F.B.I Director James Comey, the person overseeing the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election.
“It is ridiculous to say that an ambassador can’t meet with the president,” the official said.
Kislyak is a central figure in the Trump administration’s ongoing scandal related to Russian involvement in the 2016 rigging of the presidential election.
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