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 John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad 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.
 
 
The U.S. intelligence community and former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 PutinLincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Trump administration praises UK sanctions on human rights abusers 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.