President Trump will hold a meeting at the White House Wednesday with Moscow’s top diplomat, marking the highest level, face-to-face contact he has had with Russia during his presidency.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier in the day then join President Trump at the White House.
The meetings will take place in the aftermath of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey who was overseeing the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s associations with Russia, and Russia’s alleged influence on the 2016 presidential election.
A successful meeting between Trump and Lavrov would signal that the United States and Russia are working to repair their relationship following President Trump’s assertion that it is at an “all-time low.”
The president made the remark following the U.S. launching of missiles into Syria in response to a chemical gas attack that the U.S. blamed on the Syrian government.
In addition to tensions regarding Syria, there are multiple ongoing investigations into Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
Sen. Chuck Schumer has called for a special prosecutor to lead the investigation. “I have said from the get-go that I think a special prosecutor is the way to go, but now with what’s happened it is the only way to go,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday following the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
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