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 TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: More closures possible at US bases in Europe as coronavirus spreads | Pompeo says Afghan 'reduction in violence is working' | Man accused of trying to blow up vehicle at Pentagon Pompeo: Afghanistan 'reduction of violence is working' Pompeo accuses China and Iran of hiding coronavirus outbreak 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) Swan 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 PutinDemocrats duke it out in most negative debate so far Candidates pile on front-runner Sanders at Democratic debate Bloomberg attacks Sanders over reports of Russian interference 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.