The Russian Foreign Ministryposted a photo of a smiling U.S. President shaking hands with Lavrov on Twitter while also posting a video of Lavrov joking about Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey's firing.
In response to a former national security adviser's Twitter question on whether the decision to allow a Russian government photographer to be the only one to cover the event was sound, a former deputy Central Intelligence Agency director, David S. Cohen, replied, "No, it was not". The Russian photojournalist was a TASS employee, who regularly serves as Lavrov's personal photographer. He declined to elaborate when reached by phone. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the Russians are eager to improve relations with the USA, and the Trump administration seems ready for that as well. "We had an official photographer in the room, as did they", spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday.
The White House defended its security, but other former intelligence officials said the level of screening granted for a visitor may not have been sufficient enough to detect espionage devices, The Washington Post reports.
The administration official also said the White House had been misled about the role of the Russian photographer.
Kislyak has figured prominently in a series of damaging stories for the administration.
Michael Flynn's failure to disclose meetings with Kislyak eventually led to his departure as national security advisor and made the Russian diplomat a virtual household name.
The administration official said that "it is standard practice for ambassadors to accompany their principals, and it is ridiculous to suggest there was anything improper".
CNBC has reached out to the White House for comment.
The VanEck Vectors Russia exchange-traded fund (RSX) and the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) pared morning losses and were flat in recent trading, with the us market under pressure and the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) down 0.5%.
The Kremlin outmaneuvered the White House over the dissemination of photos of a rare Oval Office meeting between President Trump and top Russian diplomats that was closed to the US press.
This is a man who has spent the last 24 hours being called "Nixonian" and proceeded to stage a photo-op with Henry Kissinger. The U.S. press corps was not allowed into the meeting. The letters from Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are therefore part of a pretext for firing the FBI director engaged in an investigation of the president and his campaign's conduct. Asked if Trump was trying to stay out of public view, she said it was just the "nature of the calendar this week". After their Oval Office sitdown, President Trump expressed optimism about Syria saying he had a "very, very good meeting" with Lavrov. The last time Lavrov visited the American capital was before Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine and intervened militarily in Syria to help President Bashar Assad - actions that fueled U.S. Lavrov at turns characterized such allegations as "noise" and a "humiliation" for the American people.
LAVROV: (Through interpreter) President Trump and I talked about concrete things. We do not know whether that is what is at issue here, but Congress has no alternative but to determine why the president acted and why he acted now. They reportedly expected Republicans to back him up and thought Democrats wouldn't complain loudly because they have been critical of Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
Trump fired now-former FBI Director James Comey, who told Congress earlier this year that his agency has been investigatingRussia's actions - and possible ties to anyone associated with the Trump campaign - since July. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "was right where he has always wanted to be Wednesday", writesSusan Glasser, "mocking the United States while being welcomed in the Oval Office by the president himself". "He chose to receive him because Putin asked him to", a White House spokesman said of Trump's Lavrov meeting.
It was a big and warm welcome for Edwin Encarnacion returning to Toronto, as he received a standing ovation in his first at bat. He walked two Cleveland batters in the second inning and both would come in to score to provide the Indians with a 2-0 lead.
A senior executive at one of the Big Four banks warned the government of "unintended consequences" of introducing a new levy. But the budget forecast a A$7.4 billion surplus in 2020-21, an improvement on A$1.08 billion at the mid-year review.
Prosecutors said that Hernandez knew this and committed suicide so his fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, could collect that money. Quinn III will appeal Garsh's decision to vacate Hernandez's conviction, saying the abatement is "antiquated".
This approach is what was always intended for the Board and we're making a clear break with the last administration's approach". Freire suggested that Scott Pruitt is not interested in maintaining the science-only direction of the board.
Brent crude was up 34 cents at US$49.44 a barrel at 1410 GMT, having recovered from a session low of US$48.65. OPEC will meet on May 25 in Vienna to determine whether to extend its production cut deal.
Underlying inflation is stuck below the RBA's target band of 2-3 percent with wages crawling at their slowest pace on record. That measure alone is expected to raise an additional $8.2 billion of taxes in its first two and a half years in operation.
Prosecutors argued during that hearing that Hernandez's conviction in a 2013 murder shouldn't be erased because he killed himself. Additionally, Garsh claimed that there is no proof Hernandez knew that his death could lead to his conviction being dismissed.
The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 2,450 ($31.69), for a total value of £520,600.50 ($673,306.39). Checking in on some valuation rankings, EM Systems Co., Ltd. (TSE:4820) has a Value Composite score of 43.
Remember when I seen him in Mexico and I called him out? A majority of his knockouts have come due to exceptional striking skills. This is the way I push myself back off the ground; this is the way I deal with adversity, and this is the way I get up.
Murray out in third round
David Goffin awaits the victor of that clash after the Belgian beat world number six Milos Raonic 64, 62. France s Kristina Mladenovic also reached the last four in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 over Sorana Cristea.
US needs September 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'
Donald Trump attacked the long-standing Senate procedure, when striking out at a negotiated budget deal on Capitol Hill. Why haven't Republicans already used reconciliation to get around hardline Democratic opposition to Trump's policies?
May denies energy bills cap is from 'Marxist universe'
Under the new proposal by the Conservatives, industry regulator Ofgem would set a cap for the default standard variable tariffs. The PM said five of the "big six" energy companies had recently raised prices while their profit margins hit "record levels".
Home, sweet home: Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks, 103-99
Atlanta let Washington bleed 10 seconds off the clock without fouling before grabbing a defensive board in a four-point game. The Wizards avoided the dismal start that essentially ruined their hopes in Game 3 before the first quarter was done.
Apple's Reported 'iPhone 8' Might Not Be Delayed After All
A JPMorgan analyst (via 9To5Mac ) suggests that the OLED display will be edge-to-edge only horizontally and not vertically. Following this report , a designer Benjamin Geskin came up with a concept iPhone 8 based on the diagrams shown by CLSA.
Klopp relishing top-four pressure
Liverpool will secure the Premier League place they deserve this month - and Jürgen Klopp loves the pressure of trying to ensure that is in the top four.
Samsung foresees bigger profit in 2017 as memory chips soar
However, it expects overall smartphone shipments to be flat quarter-on-quarter due to decreased sales of mid to low-end products. Samsung has posted its best quarterly profits since 2013 with strong memory chip and display sale, despite Sliding mobile sales.
Missouri Valley Conference invites Valpo to join the league
The Valley has been in a state of transition in the past half decade, after losing power member Creighton to the Big East in 2013. Tickets for the 2017 MVC Softball Championship are on sale now through the Illinois State Athletics Ticket Office.
Mexico, Police Chief Slam Texas Sanctuary Ban
Mexico is Texas' largest trading partner and shares close ties with the state. "They don't really see this as affecting people". He also took the opportunity to counter the claims that this is a " show me your papers " law and is somehow unconstitutional.