Trump's critics immediately pounced on the new story, the latest of several versions of events about a meeting for which emails were discovered between the president's eldest son and an intermediary from the Russian government offering damaging information about Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Until now Mr Trump had claimed that Donald Jr met Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Kremlin lobbyists at Trump Tower in June 2016 to discuss adoptions. He also said the meeting was "totally legal" and he did not know about it. Weija Jiang reports.
"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower".
United States commentators have argued that Mr Trump's new admission that the meeting was to gain information about Mrs Clinton shows that the earlier statement was misleading.
He concluded by further distancing himself from the meeting his son arranged, writing, "I did not know about it!"
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump campaign members coordinated with Russian Federation to sway the White House race in his favor.
Donald Jr. said later he realized the meeting was primarily aimed at lobbying against the 2012 Magnitsky sanctions law, which led to Moscow denying Americans the right to adopt Russian orphans.
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Trump Jr.'s testimony to Congress contained a similar defense as his father's Sunday tweet, indicating that he saw no reason not to accept a meeting that could yield important information about Clinton, even though he was told that it was part of an effort by the government of a hostile power.
While "collusion" is not mentioned in USA criminal statutes, Mueller is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump coordinated with the Russians, which could result in criminal charges if they entered into a conspiracy to break the law, including through cyberhacking or interfering with the election. Working with a foreign national with the intent of influencing a U.S. election could violate multiple laws, according to legal experts. Trump unleashed particular fury at reports that he was anxious about the Trump Tower meeting attended by Donald Trump Jr. and other senior campaign officials. Now you say you didn't know in advance. Trump has seethed against what he feels are trumped-up charges against his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose trial began last week and provided a visible reminder of Mueller's work. Our U.S. political panel weighs in on that and Paul Manafort's trial which starts Tuesday.
Mr Trump's attacks on the special counsel's investigation have been rebuffed by Republican leaders in Congress who have expressed support for Mr Mueller. "I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People".
In addition, If Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russian Federation, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump's lawyers said on Sunday.
One of Mr Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, said on Sunday that the meeting had nor broken any laws. American intelligence officials say Russian Federation is targeting the November congressional elections, which will determine whether or not Republicans keep control of both chambers of the US Congress.