|Photos from Russian state owned news agency Tass|
While the meeting itself is not unprecedented what is stunning was that all American media was barred from the event.
The only media allowed in were photographers from TASS, the Russian state-owned news agency.
What drew suspicion about the absence of American media was the fact that behind closed doors Trump was meeting with not only Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov but also the now infamous Ambassador Sergei Kislyak. You'll remember Kislyak was the man who secretly met with several members of Donald Trump's campaign team including Gen. Michael Flynn who resigned over lying about those meetings.
According to the White House press pool’s report here's how it all went down.
American journalists were summoned into the Oval Office just after 11:20 a.m. for what they expected was the previously announced photo-op of Trump meeting with Lavrov and Kislyak. But when they entered the room all they were greeted with was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger sitting next to Trump.
What makes this so unbelievably odd was that Kissinger worked for President Nixon when he fired a special prosecutor assigned to his Watergate scandal. After that Nixon was forced to resign amid an obstruction scandal.
Seeing how the 24 hour cable news channels had just spent the previous night drawing parallels between what Nixon did when he fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox and what Trump just did when he canned FBI director Comey you have to wonder just what the hell all this meant.
Meanwhile the Russian embassy in Washington proceeds to tweet pictures from the Lavrov, Trump and Kislyak meeting which US reporters wound up having to rely on when they reported on the meeting.
To top the whole bizarre scene off the White House’s official readout of the meeting made no mention that Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was even in attendance.
Curiouser and curiouser.