This ambition has been largely derailed, however, by continued questions over his campaign's alleged ties to Russia, accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election and the two countries' disagreements over Syria.
The White House assembled reporters to go into the Oval Office around the time of the meeting, but when they entered, they found Trump meeting with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Lavrov is speaking at the Russian Embassy in Washington after meetings with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
They originally were scheduled to meet in Fairbanks, but the plans were changed at the last minute so Lavrov could come to Washington.
Mr. Trump said. "We're right now talking about Russian Federation and various other matters".
The president also said the issue had not affected his meeting with Lavrov.
In Washington, Tillerson made no comment on the Comey firing or on the substantive issues he would discuss with Lavrov.
US President Donald Trump is seeking "mutually beneficial" and "pragmatic" relations with Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday after White House talks with the Republican leader. -Russian relations in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
He then waived his hand with a nod of his head, and walked away with a smiling Tillerson. The exchange was not included in the State Department's brief video snippet from the photo-op that it posted to Twitter.
Before Lavrov met with Trump, he joined Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to discuss multiple worldwide issues at the State Department.
AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace in Washington and AP writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow contributed.
Trump also said he had a "very, very good meeting" with Lavrov, and that the USA and Russian Federation both want to end "the killing - the terrible, awful killing in Syria as soon as possible and everybody is working toward that end". "That's the US president's independent decision, which has nothing to do and should have nothing to do with Russian Federation". The last time Lavrov visited the American capital was before Russian Federation annexed Crimea from Ukraine and intervened militarily in Syria to help President Bashar Assad - actions that fueled U.S.
"This is nothing less than Nixonian", said Sen.
Trump fired Comey on Tuesday on the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.