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Russian diplomat says election meddling wasn't discussed at White House, contradicting Trump

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday disputed a White House account of his meeting with President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-DOJ official Rosenstein says he was not aware of subpoena targeting Democrats: report Ex-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' MORE, telling reporters the two did not discuss election meddling during their Oval Office sit-down.
 
"We haven't even actually discussed elections," Lavrov told reporters at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
 
Lavrov's comments came shortly after the White House issued its readout of the meeting, which said Trump warned the Russian diplomat against “any Russian attempts to interfere in United States elections."
 
Russia has in the past put out its version of meetings with U.S. officials first, allowing it to set the narrative.
  
Trump on Tuesday also tweeted out a photo of the two behind the Resolute Desk, saying they had "a very good meeting" where they discussed trade, nuclear arms control and election meddling. 
 
The meeting was closed to press.
The meeting marked the Russian diplomat’s first official visit to Washington since 2017, and his second Oval Office meeting with Trump.
 
Lavrov met earlier in the day with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoSunday shows preview: Biden foreign policy in focus as Dem tensions boil up back home Sunday shows preview: Infrastructure expected to dominate as talks continue to drag The triumph and tragedy of 1989: Why Tiananmen still matters MORE, who said during a press conference that he warned his Russian counterpart that Moscow's election interference was “unacceptable” and that the U.S. was prepared to respond if it happens in the next election.
 
The U.S. intelligence community and former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE have previously concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, though officials in Moscow have routinely denied that is the case.
 
Trump has at times expressed doubts over the finding that Russia meddled, however. He notably cast doubt on the intelligence community's findings during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin laughs when asked by NBC reporter if he's a 'killer' Biden and the crucible of European peace Biden should remind Erdogan of NATO's basic tenets and values MORE during a summit in Helsinki in July 2018.
 
During a bilateral meeting with Putin this past June, Trump was asked if he would warn the Russian president against interfering.
 
"Yes, of course, I will. Don’t meddle in the election, please. Don't meddle in the election,” Trump said, pointing to Putin and flashing a grin.