Trump to meet top Russian diplomat days after firing James Comey

President Donald Trump is set to meet with a top Russian diplomat at the White House on Wednesday.
By Dirk Trudeau | May 11, 2017
President Donald Trump is set to meet with a top Russian diplomat at the White House on Wednesday.

The meeting between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov comes just one day after the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Comey was heading an investigation that was looking into the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The meeting would be the highest level, face-to-face contact between Russia and the Trump administration.

It is also a sign that that ties between Russia and the United States, after Trump recently described them as being at an "all-time low."

The meeting at the White House is set to take place at 10.30am local time. It will be held after Lavrov's meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Tillerson and Lavrov will discuss Ukraine, Syria, and other issues.

Russia's effort to stabilize Syria after six years of a bloody civil war is the most pressing foreign policy topic between the two countries.

The meeting will be impossible to separate from the Trump's administration ongoing political drama in Washington, where FBI and Congressional investigators are probing possible collusion between the Trump administration and the Kremlin.

U.S intelligence agencies have accused Vladimir Putin's government of meddling in last year's presidential elections to help Trump's chances of victory.

Speculation has been rife that Trump fired Comey Tuesday because of the FBI's investigation into possible ties between Trump's campaign team and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

However, several White House have denied those accusations, claiming Comey was fired because Trump no longer had confidence in the former Director's ability to "faithfully execute his duties."



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