Trump Let Only Russian Photographers In Meeting With Russians

Trump Let Only Russian Photographers In Meeting With RussiansFormer intelligence officials have expressed alarm over the White Houseโ€™s decision to allow a Russian photographer into the Oval Office for President Trumpโ€™s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday. The photographer, who was working for one of Russiaโ€™s state-owned news agencies, was allowed into the meeting even as his American counterparts were blocked. A senior administration official told The Washington Post that while the Russian photographer went through a thorough security screening, Russian officials had misled the White House about his role. The Russian was not just Lavrovโ€™s official photographer, as Russian officials said, but also a journalist employed by the state-run Tass news agency, according to the report. โ€œWe were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency,โ€ the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Several former U.S. officials were cited by the Post as saying the move was a potential security breach, giving the Russian government the chance to plant listening devices or surveillance equipment in the Oval Office. The incident adds to a growing list of concerns over the Trump administrationโ€™s ties to and handling of Russia, just a day after Trumpโ€™s high-profile firing of FBI Director James Comey, the man in charge of the investigation into Moscowโ€™s alleged ties to the Trump campaign.