In the wake of the firing of James Comey, the FBI Director in charge of the investigation of the ties of the White House to Russia, most people would assume that Trump would do everything possible to distance himself and the White House from any involvement with the Russians. MOST PEOPLE WOULD BE WRONG!!! The day after the firing of Comey, Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the White House. They were joined by the Russian ambassador to America, Sergey Kislyak. No American reporters were allowed to attend the meeting, but Trump allowed Russian photographers into the Oval Office. Thus the photos we have of the meeting come from Russia. Imagine the President of the United States giving preferential treatment to the Russian media! It is common knowledge, and well documented, that the media in Russia is controlled by Putin. By limiting media presence in the Oval Office to Russian reporters, Trump was in essence controlling the press and limiting any reporting to favorable images of he and the Russians.
However, it’s the identity of the Russians that is even more troubling than the fact that American media were not given equal access as the Russian press. Lavrov and Kislyak are the two people who have had contact with the members of the Trump administration. Sergey Kislyak is the key figure in the investigation into Trump’s ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn. When a reporter asked whether the dismissal has “cast a shadow” over their talks, Lavrov stopped and seemed to look genuinely quizzical when he responded, “Was he fired?” — but then adopted a deadpan tone as he told the reporter, “You are kidding, you are kidding.” With a theatrical twitch of his head, the Russian diplomat then followed his American counterpart away from the media. The exchange was not included in the State Department’s brief video snippet from the photo-op that it posted to Twitter.