Photos of Trump's meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador inside the oval office surfaced yesterday, but they weren't suppose to.
Photos of the meeting, taken by a Russian photographer, were released by the Russian state news agency yesterday and this was apparently a surprise to the White House.
The administration official also said the White House had been misled about the role of the Russian photographer. Russian officials had described the individual as Lavrov’s official photographer without disclosing that he also worked for Tass.
“We were not informed by the Russians that their official photographer was dual-hatted and would be releasing the photographs on the state news agency,” the administration official said.
"They tricked us," an angry White House official said.
"That's the problem with the Russians -- they lie," the official added.
From this we can infer several things.
We can infer that Trump and everyone around him are idiots, but that's obvious. We can also infer that individuals entering the oval office are not being properly vetted and we can infer that they wanted the meeting to be kept secret. They didn't want photos of the event released to the public. That's undoubtedly why no members of the American press were allowed in the room.
It's possible this is all a lie. It's possible they weren't actually tricked. But making themselves look like gullible, incompetent morons is arguably worse.