U.S. Reporters Blocked From Trump Chat with Russian Foreign Minister

In a Senate hearing Monday, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she bluntly warned Trump's White House in January that Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Kislyak. They were joined by Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington.

The White House says President Donald Trump will meet Wednesday with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat, marking the highest level, face-to-face contact with Russian Federation of the American leader's young presidency. Fourth from right is Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

The Trump Administration has suggested the sanctions are going to remain in place until Russian Federation gives the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine, which is to say forever.

"The president of the United States has just fired the Director of the FBI who was carrying out an investigation into him", he said. -Russian relations and diplomatic wrangling going on over a Moscow-backed deal to stabilize Syria.

When Trump abruptly fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey on Tuesday, he made the optics of his meeting with Lavrov even more delicate.

When reached for comment, a White House official told Politico that "Our official photographer and their official photographer were present, that's it". President Barack Obama's staff frequently adopted a similar policy.

Putin himself laughed off a question about Comey's firing, when asked by a CBS reporter as he prepared to play a game of hockey in the Russian resort city of Sochi. "We have to start at a very low level".

"The presidents have held a telephone conversation recently, they confirmed their intention to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in July", Lavrov said following his meetings with both Tillerson and Trump. According to a White House readout, the two discussed Syria, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iran and its proxies, Ukraine, and the Middle East.

New questions are arising in the wake of his sudden decision to can FBI Director James Comey, with revived calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the question of Russian influence in last year's election and the Kremlin's connections to Trump's presidential campaign. "You are kidding, you are kidding!"

Comey was heading an investigation that was looking into the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Trump insisted that wasn't the case.

"He regretted what he did to Hillary but not what he did to Trump", the former Trump adviser said of Comey.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Wednesday she was not personally briefed by Comey on requests for additional funding for the investigation.

The taint of Russian Federation probes has been impossible for Trump to shake.

Trump and Putin also spoke by phone last week about the war in Syria for the first time since Trump ordered a missile strike against a Syrian government air base last month after an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime.

We want to see the killing, the terrible killing, stopped in Syria as soon as possible and everyone is working toward that end'.