The American media, however, never caught a glimpse of either Russian inside the White House.
"Do you know what would happen if the official photos were not published?" she asked in a Facebook post.
Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman with Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tweeted Thursday: "The format did not imply that the photos were being kept secret".
On Tuesday night, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in what sources told CNN was partly a direct response to the investigation.
The FBI is probing Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election and any possible ties to Trump's campaign. Later, the president and his advisers said Mr Trump had planned to fire Mr Comey since taking office.
Meeting Lavrov the next day was considered a questionable move, and it has been suggested it wasn't one the White House wanted to publicize.
President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at the White House on Wednesday.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin expressed strong support of the United States for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
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Trump a également réagi vendredi matin aux critiques concernant la communication de ses équipes après le limogeage surprise de M. "Le président n'a pas d'autre commentaire à faire", a éludé son porte-parole.
In terms of the content of the meeting itself, the White House released an official statement claiming that the officials discussed ongoing conflict in Syria, Ukraine, and the Middle East at large. "I think that we're going to do very well with respect to Syria", he said.
Trump and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in private, though both sides cast the session as a sign of ties having improved since the USA leader's assessment of them last month as at an "all-time low".
The TASS photographer who took the now famous pictures, Alexandr Scherbak, accused the American media of hysteria.
The lack of independent USA media and the presence of a Russian state photographer in the room, however, raises serious concerns for the photojournalists assigned to cover the White House. And then there's the matter of the Russian news photographer in the Oval Office.
"Deadly serious Q: Was it a good idea to let a Russian gov photographer & all their equipment into the Oval Office?"
"The officials cited the danger that a listening device or other surveillance equipment could have been brought into the Oval Office while hidden in cameras or other electronics", writes the Post, referencing, among others, former deputy Central Intelligence Agency director David S. Cohen.
In his post, Scherbak said that he had undergone all White House security checks.
The White House barred the news media from the private meeting. In the house on its results, said that trump has expressed its intention to improve relations with Russian Federation.
The various accounts certainly fog the issue politically and make it hard to understand exactly what the President's intentions were.
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