Among those commenting on the issue was former deputy CIA Director David Cohen.
The White House was told an official Russian photographer would be present, implying the images would be for the historical record and not necessarily made public. He declined to elaborate when reached by phone.
Meeting Lavrov the next day was considered a questionable move, and it has been suggested it wasn't one the White House wanted to publicize. Later, however, they said that Trump had planned to fire Comey regardless. "That's the problem with the Russians - they lie". However, a camera-wielding member of the Russian delegation "described... as Lavrov's official photographer" was granted access to the Oval Office. The White House official insisted it is standard practice to keep more of a lid on presidential meetings with lower-level foreign officials, as opposed to visits from heads of state, which typically come with greater press coverage.
On the conflict in Ukraine, the White House said Trump had "stressed Russia's responsibility to fully implement the Minsk agreements". Kislyak in particular has featured in one of the new administration's most notable controversies, with national security adviser Michael Flynn forced to resign in February after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the ambassador a year ago. The official requested anonymity to discuss internal White House planning. "We took the information we had as best we have it and got it out to the American people as quickly as we could". Blaming "fake information,"Lavrov said: "I believe that politicians are damaging the political system of the US, trying to pretend that someone is controlling America from the outside".
Team Trump said on Wednesday that the president "had lost confidence in Comey from the day he was elected".
Trump, Lavrov, and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak, right, in the Oval Office Wednesday.
USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation tried to affect the outcome of the 2016 election. Foreign Minister Lavrov says this is Russian property that should be returned.
Lavrov later on Wednesday said it was "humiliating" for the American people to hear that Russia is controlling the political situation in the United States, adding that American politicians raising questions about Russian interference in the 2016 election is damaging the U.S. political system.
On Tuesday night, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in what sources told CNN was partly a direct response to the investigation.
Delaware's U.S. Senator Tom Carper joined Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs colleagues Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) in sending a letter to the Department of Justice Inspector General calling for an investigation into "possible political interference with the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged involvement with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election".
The overlapping events led to a series of odd scenes. As the pair posed for photographs, Lavrov sarcastically acknowledged the abrupt dismissal of Comey.
Later, the president and his advisers said Trump had planned to fire Comey since taking office. "You're kidding. You're kidding".
Hunnam has what it takes to become a major movie star and I think this movie proves it, but nearly no one else agrees with me. Below, watch the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword featurette on Vortigern ( Jude Law ).
Traditional grocery stores were offering organic choices, but not almost as well-stocked as Whole Foods Market is. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 66,109 shares in the company, valued at $2,011,035.78.
In February, Mr Trump claimed he would have also won New Hampshire if it had not been for voters bussed in from outside the state. Trump has asserted he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election had it not been for illegal votes cast.
Yesterday, former acting attorney general of the United States, Sally Yates , finally got to tell her whole story. James Clapper, director of national intelligence under Obama, testified as well on Monday.
That's because Canada and Mexico have higher tariffs than the USA for countries with whom they don't have trade deals. But now, he says: "We're going to give renegotiation a good, strong shot" and that renegotiation begins today.
The status of Jerusalem remains one of the core issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "But we need two willing parties". Trump sparked global criticism at the time when he appeared to back away from supporting a two-state solution.
Edwards' family and its attorney said Johnson advised them of the federal investigation during a meeting Thursday. The Edwards family is requesting punitive and exemplary damages "to deter this type of conduct in the future".
The most important part of Carl Hagelin's first game back in the lineup since March 10 may simply have been that it happened. Pittsburgh F Chris Kunitz passed Mario Lemieux for fifth place on the team's all-time postseason games played list with 108.
Trump also reiterated the claim that the Russian Federation story is fabricated in a separate Tweet Friday. Here is a timeline of explanations provided by the White House and the President since Tuesday.
The Macron presidency promises interesting times. "He's a symbol of hope", said Jean-Luc Songtia, a 36-year-old driver. Macron's party, En Marche, has promised to put up a candidate for all 577 seats in the Assembly.
Kei Nishikori recovered from a awful start to beat Argentine Diego Schwartzman 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 and faces David Ferrer next. Lopez briefly questioned chair umpire Damien Dumusois , who replied: "He looked at the mark and did not say anything".
San Antonio soundly eliminate Houston Rockets
San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field, compiled a 60-37 rebounding advantage and limited Houston to 28 percent shooting. After an MVP caliber regular season, Harden took a bit of a step back during the Rockets playoff 11-game playoff run.
Concussion spotter couldn't pull Crosby for hitting boards
In Game 6 a year ago, Washington fell into an early 3-0 hole before rallying to force overtime, in which the team ultimately lost. Sullivan switched around his lines for the game, moving Jake Guentzel down to the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust.
Trump creates panel to investigate voter fraud
Since his election victory, Trump has said multiple times that "millions" of undocumented immigrants voted in November's election. Nor does it spell out what type of cyberattack would constitute an "act of war" or what response the attack would invite.
Brazilian stars as Juventus reaches Euro final
It will be the ninth time Juventus, runners-up to Barcelona in 2015, have contested the final of Europe's elite club competition. It is his second European final duty, after handling Sevilla's 2014 Europa League title win over Benfica in a penalty shootout.
No One Wants To See 'Snatched' With Amy Schumer
Emily points out she could still be tortured and just forced to write stuff down, but Ruth chooses to ignore this observation. Of course they manage a rather implausible escape and have to work their way through the Amazon to get help at a US embassy.
China says it has successfully tested new type of missile
China and Russian Federation openly protested at the United States deploying the THAAD, accusing them of using it to spy on them. Military analysts said the "rare high-profile announcement of the missile tests" was a response to the THAAD deployment.
Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'
Andrew Cuomo said such cuts would reduce support for hospitals, nursing homes and 7 million New Yorkers who rely on the program. The promise of protecting people with pre-existing conditions was at the epicenter of Trump's own campaign stump speeches.
Republicans praise debt cuts in revised budget
However, he said he believed the university's salaries were too high and that changes in remuneration should be made. He's also wants to reverse a proposed $500 million cut for low-income childcare that he sought in January.
Trump's trade nominee easily overcomes Senate hurdle
That is a sign that, even as the opposition party battles the White House on much of its agenda, they are eager to work with Mr. Trade. "I think we have to engage China and we have to talk to China, but we also have to think about some new remedies".
Here's everything you need to know about Eurovision 2017
The haunting theme nabbed douze points across Europe and beyond, beating Australia and Russian Federation at the final hurdle. Why does the UK NEVER win Eurovision? You can tune in on BBC Radio 2 with Ken Bruce from 8pm too.
NFL Draft experience is a hit in Philadelphia
While the first two days were filled with surprises and excitement, we still have one more day to go. The first round could see a slew of players from the nation's top college programs get selected.
Kawhi Leonard: Pop expecting Kawhi to lobby to play
The victor of the seven-game set will move on to face the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. The San Antonio Spurs are looking to effectively end the Houston Rockets' season in Game 6 on Thursday night.