As he has in the past, Trump insisted in a tweet that he did not know at the time about the meeting between his son Donald Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer with links to the Kremlin. After initially claiming that the meeting had nothing to do with Clinton and instead about Russian adoption sanctions, this weekend's tweet seemed to admit that Trump's team went to the meeting in hopes of getting the dirt that was promised.
He concludes the tweet by saying, "I did not know about it!" 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.
Last year, shortly after Donald Trump Jr. released an email thread arranging the meeting, the president said it was a meeting "in order to get info on an opponent" and said there was nothing unusual about it. Trump Jr. has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember if he told his father about the meeting.
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Trump's July 2017 comments came before we knew he was involved in drafting that initial misleading response; now Trump is in the public record as having authored it.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that the president "certainly didn't dictate" the statement.
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Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated at a regular news briefing in Beijing that the US' efforts at "blackmail" would fail.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by US intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down. "Trump Jr. appears to have knowledge of the foreign source and is asking to see it", Rick Hasen, a campaign finance law expert, wrote on his blog past year.
This is something Trump has said regularly about the Trump Tower meeting, and something he has re-upped now that Michael Cohen is reportedly telling people that Trump did know about it. Mr Jay Sekulow asked on ABC News' This Week, suggesting there are no laws prohibiting campaign operatives from meeting and working with foreign agents. "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", Trump said. The president has been tweeting at a pretty high frequency about the Mueller investigation recently, and in part that's probably because his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is now on trial. Trump has been enthusiastic about the prospect of a sit-down with Mueller, regularly claiming he can prove there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation to meddle in the 2016 election. The network said their firms were recruited by Paul Manafort, a former chairman of Mr. Trump's presidential campaign, who is now on trial in Federal court in Virginia.
Trump's legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, is expected to keep the negotiations going. I mean, they're calling it worse than contradictions obviously, ' she said.
Indeed, that's been the Trump team's story.
In one tweet, he declared the media the "Enemy of the People" and accused outlets of sowing division and distrust. "They can also cause War!"
He called the "Fake" media "very risky and sick".