On Twitter, President Donald Trump claimed on Monday that “most politicians” would have attended the meeting last June that his eldest son held with a Russian attorney. Also in attendance were presidential campaign adviser Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner. In the tweet, the president wrote “...most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent.”
“That's politics!” he wrote.
Donald Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, having been told by a friend that the Russian lawyer had information about Hillary Clinton to share. The meeting has become the focal point for Democrats’ ire while three investigations into the alleged meddling on the part of Russia in last year’s presidential election.
Trump Jr. insists that there was no substance to the meeting but defended it as a way of gathering opposition research. The president has said he was not aware that it took place until very recently. Scrutiny of Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian attorney comes while three investigations are looking into alleged Russian meddling. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing whether Trump’s associates colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the election. Also being scrutinized are Russian cyberattacks on the Democratic Party. For its part, the White House has denied any wrongdoing.
Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That's politics!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 17, 2017