Trump dictated son's statement on 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer, report says


According to the Post, Trump's advisers wanted to release a statement to get ahead of media reports about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that included Trump Jr., Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, the Russian lawyer, a Russian-born lobbyist who is a former Soviet intelligence officer and a Russian-born financier.

Trump Jr. responded with a statement claiming the meeting was "primarily" about adoption and its relation to USA sanctions on Russian Federation under the Magnitsky Act.

And Tuesday a lawsuit was filed that claims President Trump worked with Fox News to concoct a story that a Democratic National Committee staffer was killed in retaliation for giving damaging emails about Clinton to WikiLeaks.

The statement was issued to the New York Times, as it was preparing its story on the meeting. "I'm sure his lawyer was involved, that's how you do it", he said.

As he does many mornings, President Trump tweeted a complaint Tuesday about the "fake news" media. "I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand".

Jay Sekulow, an attorney for the President, issued a statement, saying, "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent".

The White House has repeatedly indicated the president's intention to sign the legislation into law, but no date has been set nor has a signing ceremony been announced for a bill that already prompted retaliation from Moscow.

"'He refuses to sit still, ' the presidential adviser said".

On Sunday afternoon, chief of the Montgomery County Police Department and president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association Tom Manger released a statement saying, "While any elected official can give their views on how police should do their jobs, it is the actions of police officers that speak directly to who we are".

USA senators renewed calls on Tuesday for President Donald Trump to promptly sign sweeping sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea that both houses of Congress overwhelmingly approved last week.

"'This was. unnecessary, ' said one of the president's advisers, who like most other people interviewed for this article spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations". Obstruction of justice has largely been established as grounds for impeachment and was a key factor the last two times a president was impeached.

"He may sign the sanctions exactly the way they are, or he may veto the sanctions and negotiate an even tougher deal against the Russians", Scaramucci said on CNN's "New Day," calling Trump's strategy on sanctions part of his "counterintuitive, counterpunching personality".

The Post reports that Trump dictated the statement while flying back to Washington from the G20 summit in Hamburg, aboard Air Force One.

In the early afternoon, Eastern time, Trump Jr.'s team put out the statement to the Times. "I'm assuming that was between Mr. Donald Trump Jr., between Don Jr. and his lawyer".