Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Kremlin says no comment on Trump's call to 'make peace'

Kremlin says no comment on Trump's call to 'make peace'

President Donald Trump could meet with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat at the White House on Wednesday.

When Lavrov went to the White House to meet President Trump, he did not go alone.

They weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

He also posted a photo of himself with Ukraine's foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, whom he met the same day as Lavrov - a session that if the White House has done more to promote might have mitigated the optics of the Russian meeting.

"Clearly (Donald Trump) is hiding something", tweeted U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, shortly after the president abruptly fired Comey, who announced in March that the FBI was investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to influence the election.

It appears the Russian invasion of the White House produced a liar and dictator as the leader of our country.

"He also posted on Twitter two joint photos with Lavrov and Klimkin with the caption "#LetsMakePeace!"

Now, the White House is under fire for excluding the US news media, but not its Russian Federation competitors, from a high-level meeting.

The White House defended the decision not to allow any independent press into the meeting. "Perhaps because of this discussion will be killed much less people and it will ultimately allow us to establish peace", trump said in response to presenter Lester Holt.

"If I were a foreign government, I'd say this guy is decisive and maybe to be taken more seriously than a lot of pundits and commentators suggest he should be", Rostow said. Barack Obama's staff frequently adopted a similar policy.

Publicly, the White House put on a courageous face.

But security experts said the risk was real, if remote.

Colin Kahl, former national security advisor during the Obama administration, tweeted: "Was it a good idea to let a Russian [government] photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?"

Indeed, David Cohen, the former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, noted to MNSBC's Andrea Mitchell yesterday how striking it was to see the president having a grand old time in the Oval Office with a Russian who's a potential figure in an FBI investigation.

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat, declares he's running for governor of Colorado on Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Golden.

Donald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised it by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the United States president and Russia's top diplomat.

"This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency", Sessions wrote in a memo sent Thursday night to US attorneys and made public early Friday.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the announcement following his talks with the U.S. President yesterday, reports TASS news agency.

"I never thought about it", he said.

Donald Trump began his presidency in a troubling crisis of legitimacy, given charges that Russian Federation meddled in the election to help him defeat Hillary Clinton, and that Clinton won the popular vote nonetheless.

Jill Colvin contributed reporting from Washington.

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