Trump, Putin to meet in July, Russians announce

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Donald Trump had what he called a "very, very good" meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House yesterday (May 10).

Trump stunned the United States on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, whose agency is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the possibility Trump associates may have colluded with Moscow.

The encounter was rendered especially significant because Trump's sacking of FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday has focused attention on the bureau's ongoing investigation into alleged ties between Russian Federation and some of Trump's associates.

Lavrov said no evidence existed linking Russia to hacked Democratic Party emails and that the issue of Russian interference in the campaign did not arise in his meeting with Trump, according to the report.

Lavrov met both Trump and U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson in Washington, saying the U.S. president was seeking "mutually beneficial" and "pragmatic" relations with Moscow.

QUESTION: Does the Comey firing cast a shadow of your talks, gentlemen? Lavrov continued: "You are kidding".

The ex-intelligence officials raised questions after photos of Trump's meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov were posted online by the Tass news agency.

Trump described his talks with Lavrov as "very, very good". Kislyak's presence was surprising - he's a key figure in the investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russian Federation. The meeting was not on the president's official schedule, and it took the press pool by surprise.

Trump on Thursday confirmed to NBC News that Putin asked whether he would meet with Lavrov. A search for "Oval Office" via Getty Images shows a plethora of photos of President Trump posing for photos with Russian officials, including those credited to Anadolu Agency, out of Turkey.

Kissinger, of course, is most famous for serving as national security adviser and secretary of state under President Richard Nixon. The White House has yet to confirm.

US President Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in July as part of the G20 summit in Hamburg.