President Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday, amid a firestorm on Capitol Hill over Trump’s Tuesday firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Trump told reporters that the two had a “very very good meeting” and talked about the crisis in Syria.
“[W]e want to see the killing, the horrible killing, in Syria stop as soon as possible and everybody is working toward that end,” Trump said, ahead of a separate meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Lavrov first met with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, before traveling to the White House and meeting with Trump. The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted out a picture of the pair, as well as a picture of Trump with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
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President Donald Trump on Wednesday commented on his firing of FBI Director James Comey after holding an unannounced meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
“He wasn’t doing a good job. Very simply. He was not doing a good job,” the president said of Comey to reporters in Washington.
Trump’s meeting with Kissinger, meanwhile, was a surprise, as it was not on the president’s public schedule for Wednesday. Trump said he discussed Syria and Russia with former President Richard Nixon’s national security adviser and secretary of state.
“We’re talking about Syria and I think that we’re going to do very well with respect to Syria and things are happening that are really, really, really positive,” Trump said. “We’re going to stop the killing and the death.”
Trump said it was an “honor” to speak with Kissinger and that they had been friends for a long time.
–U.S. News & World Report
President Donald Trump defended his firing of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday, fighting a storm of criticism that the ouster was aimed at blunting an agency probe into his presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to sway the 2016 election.
The Republican president’s abrupt move on Tuesday stunned Washington and was swiftly condemned by Democrats and by some in his own party.
In a series of posts on Twitter on Wednesday morning, Trump sought to explain his move, and lambasted his critics. Continue reading “Wed, May 10, 2017: Trump defends firing of Comey”
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