Trump Got Duped by a Russian Cameraman

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

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.

No shit?

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.

  • Christopher Foxx

    It’s possible this is all a lie. It’s possible they weren’t actually tricked.

    I don’t think “tricked” is the right word. It suggests the victim knew enough that they had to be fooled in some way. Do you “trick” a baby when you take its candy?.

  • Christopher Foxx

    The administration official also said the White House had been misled about the role of the Russian photographer.

    C’mon, be fair guys. You can’t blame the people in the White House for this. I mean, how could anyone possibly know a photographer would take pictures?

  • Draxiar

    This happens and we’re expected to believe trump isn’t being played by the fiddler on the roof and there is no Russia connection?

  • fry1laurie

    Drumpf needs to get to the bottom of those security breaches and leaks at the White House. He can begin with himself.

  • Michael B. Conway

    Under fire for ties to Russia and accused of being “Nixonian” what does Trump do? He invites the Russians and Kissinger to the White House. He is insane!

  • Ellen Kuhlmann

    I can’t figure out what they thought the photos were for if not to be released -Lavrov’s private photo albums?

    • JMAshby

      -Lavrov’s private photo albums?

      Yes, actually. That’s exactly what they thought. They thought he was a private photographer.

      • Aynwrong

        Good grief.

  • Aynwrong

    George W Bush:
    “I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy,”
    “. . . I was able to get a sense of his soul.”
    ~ Speaking of Putin

    Trump Administration officials:
    “They tricked us,” an angry White House official said. “That’s the problem with the Russians — they lie,”

    Once again Donald Trump makes Bush look like a Rhoades scholar. We’ve come an awfully long way from “Trust but verify.”

    • It’s “Rhodes” Scholar (sorry, my maiden name so I’m a little OCD about it)

      • Aynwrong

        Ahh… Noted.

  • muselet

    Raw Story:

    In [a tweet thread of former Deputy Director of the CIA David Cohen, former national security advisor Colin] Kahl went on to say that when he worked for Barack Obama’s administration, he “couldn’t let foreign delegations bring phones/cameras” into his own office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and that he had to leave his own phone and camera outside the Oval Office when he worked there.

    “Apparently,” Kahl wrote, “that doesn’t apply to Russ Gov in this WH”.

    [links omitted]

    Security measures routinely applied previously go away suddenly when Vladimir Putin asks. How convenient.

    “They tricked us.”

    That is perhaps the most pitiful excuse for dereliction of duty I’ve ever encountered.

    Incompetents and idiots, the lot of ’em.


    • I just had this vision of a Russian agent disguised as a reporter entering the Oval Office with a missile launcher on his shoulder and when asked by Trump what it was, he says it’s a telephoto lens. Trump just nods and smiles ready for his close-up.

  • Georgie
  • mnpollio

    Oh my heavens, what will it take to pry this Orange Anus and his minions out of office. Gross incompetence hasn’t done it. Possible treason has yet to do it. Spitting on patriotism and the American people has not done it. Sadly, I have a sick feeling that if the election were held again today, American voters would vote this monster and his entourage of sycophants right back in.

  • gescove

    “But making themselves look like gullible, incompetent morons is arguably worse.” That seems to be standard operating procedure for this White House. Do something stupid. Give a stupid excuse. Look more stupid. If by then we haven’t moved on to the next stupid thing, blame it on Obama or Hillary.