This story was entirely made up. The White House wasn’t “furious” and didn’t get “trolled” with anything.
On May 11, 2017, CNN published a story by Jim Acosta saying that the White House was “furious” after being “trolled” with Russia Oval Office photos. The following are annotated excerpts from that story. Enjoy!
The White House did not anticipate that the Russian government would allow its state news agency to post photographs of an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia’s ambassador to the US, a White House official said.
Who is the unnamed White House official? None of the White House officials, who have openly spoken to the media about the Trump-Lavrov meeting, expressed any surprise or regret over the fact that Russia posted photos from the Oval Office meeting. Moreover, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that the Trump administration made no requests or restrictions in regards to the publication of photo content from the meeting.
“They tricked us,” an angry White House official said.
“That’s the problem with the Russians — they lie,” the official added.
Here we go again with this unnamed White House official, who seems to contradict his or her own colleagues. Tricked how? Lie about what? The Russians simply followed standard protocol. That’s a fact.
The Russians used the photos to troll the White House in its social media posts Wednesday.
Troll? To troll means “to make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.” Here is what the Russians posted:
— MFA Russia 🇷🇺 (@mfa_russia) May 10, 2017
How is a photo with a short caption, which reads: “Lavrov-Trump meeting has just started,” considered trolling?
The White House blocked US reporters from photographing the meeting, opting to allow only White House and Russian photographers to capture images of Trump’s interactions with Lavrov.
The fact of the matter is that proper protocol was followed in this procedure. As the White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained during a Press Briefing on May 11, when the meeting is not with the head of state, and prior to the President’s meeting with the head of state, news reporters are typically not allowed in.
So there you have it – no one (except CNN) is furious. And no one (except CNN) was trolled.