WASHINGTON (May 10, 2017) — Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Washington this morning for an Oval Office meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump, and the first words out of his mouth were a sarcastic joke about the firing of James Comey from the FBI.
Reporter: Does the Comey firing cast a shadow over your talks?
Lavrov: "Was he fired? You're kidding." https://t.co/EA1e2llZNx
— CNN (@CNN) May 10, 2017
After a brief formal announcement, Tillerson turned to leave without answering questions, as is now customary of the former Exxon-Mobile CEO, but hearing those same questions, Putin’s top agent couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let America know how much Russia respects us.
“Does the Comey firing cast a shadow over your talks, gentlemen?” asked a reporter.
Lavrov turned back to the cameras, “Was he fired? You’re kidding?! You’re kidding?!” followed with an eye roll that even the most immature of men-children would be envious of.
Lavrov finished it up with an eye roll and gimme-a-break head shake, then walked out side-by-side with Tillerson.
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) May 10, 2017
Tillerson smirked in childish approval as the two old friends retreated to begin their private negotiations in America’s highest public chamber.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 10, 2017
That Lavrov is not surprised about Comey to the point of condescendingly mocking America to our face strongly suggests that Russia holds great influence over decisions now coming from the White House.
As many were quick to point out, Lavrov’s disrespectful attitude while Tillerson looked on is a new level of insult to America, even for the Trump administration.
Lavrov's attitude here (his cocky body language & scornful sarcasm) is very disturbing. https://t.co/q2NnrmYEDZ
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) May 10, 2017
It's beyond disgraceful that Tillerson would stand by so submissively in Washington as a Russian foreign minister mocks the American press. https://t.co/uonRu72zWn
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) May 10, 2017
— John Hergt (@natureofthings7) May 10, 2017