He got to see the President of the United States who was grinning ear to ear in the best photo ever.
With the whole world watching, he got to say “We have highlighted once again that all speculations about our alleged interference in domestic processes in the United States are baseless.”
In after-meeting reports, he got people to question the veracity not just of what he said/was discussed but what the White House/POTUS said/was discussed during the meeting.
Not bad for a day’s work.
If Lavrov continues to lie about Russian interference in our 2016 election, why should the President of the United States meet with him? https://t.co/L4kKqjj3qg
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) December 10, 2019
Just had a very good meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and representatives of Russia. Discussed many items including Trade, Iran, North Korea, INF Treaty, Nuclear Arms Control, and Election Meddling. Look forward to continuing our dialogue in the near future! pic.twitter.com/tHecH9a9ck
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2019
White House readout of the Trump-Pompeo-Lavrov meeting pic.twitter.com/pHyvkZwB5j
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 10, 2019
Bloomberg headline at 5:02 pm:
*TRUMP WARNED LAVROV AGAINST ELECTION MEDDLING, WHITE HOUSE SAYS
Headline at 5:35 pm:
*LAVROV SAYS HE DIDN'T DISCUSS U.S. ELECTIONS WITH TRUMP
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) December 10, 2019
Trump, after three years of questioning and laughing off Russia’s election interference, warned Lavrov not to do so again, the White House claimed.
Lavrov said he made no such warning.https://t.co/RFPC7Njj4D
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) December 11, 2019
Reporters are escorted out of the room as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov take their seats to hold talks at the State Department in Washington. Read more from their meeting: https://t.co/QGrPfxVAMA 📷 @j_ernst_DC pic.twitter.com/Ed3jkLk14M
— Reuters Pictures (@reuterspictures) December 10, 2019
Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday put forth dueling narratives regarding Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 election, with the countries’ top diplomats contradicting one another during a news conference at the State Department https://t.co/fB8ECZabnd
— POLITICO (@politico) December 10, 2019