Make way for the Russian photographer

There wasn’t room in the Oval Office for US photographers to capture Trump’s meeting with Russian diplomats…but thankfully a Russian photographer was allowed. According to the Washington Post, there was a bit more to the photographer:

“We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency,” the administration official said.

As a result, White House officials said they were surprised to see photos posted online showing Trump not only with Lavrov but also smiling and shaking hands with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

You’d think there’d be a much higher level of trust and cooperation between Trump and the Russians. And there was also this tidbit:

The officials cited the danger that a listening device or other surveillance equipment could have been brought into the Oval Office while hidden in cameras or other electronics. Former U.S. intelligence officials raised questions after photos of Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were posted online by the Tass news agency.

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