White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, "for the sake of accuracy".

Trump said he wasn't concerned about potential bad optics of meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak a day after firing Comey. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that Syria could be one area where the US and Russian Federation could work together to rebuild trust. "I think things are happening that are really, really, really positive". He said on all three occasions, Comey said he was not the subject of the investigation.

It hasn't yet been two full days since the president fired FBI Director James Comey, who was overseeing a counter-espionage investigation into the Russian Federation scandal. Comey is said to have responded that he would offer honesty, but could not offer political loyalty.

Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him "honesty" and did not pledge his loyalty, according to the account of the conversation.

"The Office of the Inspector General is uniquely situated to defend the Department of Justice and the American people from this threat", the senators continued. "They tricked us", one unnamed official was quoted as saying by CNN.

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From there, she worked her way up to deputy attorney general at the Justice Department led by Loretta Lynch. What was his role at the White House in those 18 days? Needless to say, Spicer didn't disappoint.

The White House has not yet released its own photos from the meeting. "It was a quick-moving process", she said. Hoover's successor L Patrick Gray, acting director under then-president Richard Nixon, was forced out after just under a year for obeying White House orders and burning Watergate-related documents. The next day, Sanders said the president asked Rosenstein to put his concerns in writing. "I was going to fire regardless of recommendation". The Russian Foreign Ministry posted a photo of a smiling US President shaking hands with Lavrov on Twitter, adding unusual and ironic optics to the questions already swirling around the White House over Comey's firing.

"Was he fired?" Lavrov said, arching his eyebrows. Last year, the Obama administration shut down two Russian compounds in NY and Maryland and kicked out 35 Russian officials.

Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge.

Earlier Friday, Trump reiterated his view that reports about collusion with the Russian government by members of his 2016 campaign are "fabricated".

The latest tweets are not the first time the administration has threatened to limit media access. The Post story, published soon after the Oval Office meeting, had quoted a number of former intelligence officials who said that White House visitors could hide surveillance equipment such as a listening device in a camera or other equipment. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent became a constant antagonist as the Clinton White House plunged into a series of scandals, most notably the Monica Lewinsky affair that almost saw Mr Clinton being removed from office.

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