Lavrov admits he made a terrible mistake by assuming US reporters are post-pubescent
By all accounts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's visit to Washington was productive and may have even breathed fresh life into the mangled corpse of US-Russia relations.
But while the adults engaged in constructive dialogue, Washington's prestigious press corps used Lavrov's visit to demonstrate that many US press testicles have yet to drop.
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell was the first to strut her stuff, but the real circus began during the press conference later in the afternoon.
After about five questions, Lavrov realized he had made a terrible, naive assumption:
Question: US intelligence agencies accuse Russia of interfering in the election. US President Donald Trump says it is not true. Did he give you any assurances that he does not believe Russia somehow interfered in the election campaign?
Sergey Lavrov: I thought we were all grown-ups here? I never thought I would have to answer such questions, especially in the US, with your deeply rooted democratic political system.
President Trump said publicly a number of times what he thought about the allegations that we supposedly interfered in your domestic affairs. His public statements are sufficient for me. There is no need to tell us about this in private, secretly. We know Donald Trump’s position and that of those who try to prove otherwise. The problem is that nobody has ever uncovered a single fact, a single shred of evidence. And if you cover international affairs and life in your country, try to find out, as journalists, where those facts are.
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