Donald Trump says he does not fault son for meeting Russian lawyer
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he had not criticized his son Donald Trump Jr. met a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election campaign and that he did not know about the meeting in just a few days.
When asked if he knew that his son met with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June last year, the president told Reuters an interview from the White House: “No, I do not know that there are some days when I heard about him” .
Trump Jr. enthusiastically agreed to meet with the woman who was told that he was a Russian government lawyer who could have damaging information about his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow’s official support for his father’s campaign, according to the Emails that the son was released on Tuesday.
Sitting at his oval office desk, Trump said he had not criticized his son for holding the meeting, which overturned a decision about warming up a non-traditional campaign. “I think a lot of people have held this meeting,” Trump said.
The e-mails were the most concrete evidence that those responsible for the Trump campaign could have accepted Russian aid to win the Nov. 8 election, a subject that has thrown a cloud over Trump’s presidency and provoked investigations into it. Department of Justice and Congress of the United States.
In the interview at the White House, the president said he asked directly to the Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in what the United States intelligence said that Russia’s interference in the presidential campaign and Putin insists that it was not.
Trump said he spent the first 20 or 25 minutes of a more than two-hour meeting with Putin on Friday in Germany on the issue of electoral interference. “I said,” Really? “And he said,” No, I have not. Absolutely not. “Then I asked him a second time in a completely different way. He did not say absolutely no,” Trump said.
He was asked if he believed that Putin’s rejection, Trump stopped. “Look, something happened and we need to know what it is, because we can not let something like this happen in our electoral process.” So something happened and we have to find out what it is, “he said.
About Putin, who added: “Someone said that if I did, I would not have understood what a very interesting point ..”
While US intelligence agencies and even Cabinet members Trump said that Russia is scorned in the election, Trump has hesitated on the issue, sometimes suggesting that other players might be involved. Trump questioned whether he thought Putin could trust.
He said that Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, looking at all the interests of his country, while he takes care of US interests.
“I am not a person who is based on many people, but he is the leader of Russia.It is the second most powerful nuclear power on earth.I am the leader of the United States.I love my country.He loves his country” “Trump said.
As in the past, Trump said there was no collusion between his country and Russia. “There was no coordination. This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” he said.