That's very standard in politics.
"From a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting".
A few more such pacts would mean there would be "no bullets being fired, and that would be a wonderful thing", Trump said during a joint press conference with Macron in Paris.
Trump told reporters that Veselnitskaya was just a Russian lawyer - "not a government lawyer" - despite how she was described in the emails, penned by PR exec Rob Goldstone, written to his son. But Trump has consistently and emphatically denied there was any "collusion" between his campaign and the Russians to discredit Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The revelation of the meeting would be the most tangible evidence yet of a connection between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, a subject that has also prompted an investigation by a federal special counsel. "It was a meeting that went quickly, very fast", the president said of the meeting. "It's called opposition research or research into your opponent".
Trump's comments come after his son, Donald Trump Jr, . says he did not tell his father about a meeting with a Russian attorney during last year's presidential campaign because it was "such a nothing".
But as Trump Jr. found himself at the center of a widening controversy involving the Trump administration's relationship with Russian Federation, the president's son also defended his motivations for taking the June 2016 meeting, telling Sean Hannity, "For me, this was opposition research". Although later abandoned as an explanation, the president returned to the theme again on Thursday.
Trump is continuing to downplay the issue, saying that "nothing happened" as a result of the meeting.
He also didn't mention the third Trump campaign individual, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was in the room, just saying, 'the other one was not really focused on the meeting'.
Donald Trump Jr. did not disclose Akhmetshin's presence in statements and emails he released on the meeting earlier this week.More news: Fox River Nearly Overflows in Burlington, Wisconsin
Trump Jr. responds: "I love it".
Trump, his son and the emails made public this week did not explain what kind of damaging information they had been promised by friends in Moscow. He wouldn't say what he wants to hear from Trump Jr., but said members aren't restricted "from asking anything they want to ask".
Kushner was not with the president in Paris. He said the enigmatic Russian attorney also appeared on Capitol Hill and lobbied lawmakers past year, according to reporting conveyed to him. Richard Burr, a Trump supporter whose entire Senate career is going to be defined by whether he aggressively pursues the truth, or whether the investigation simply withers in the shadow of an independent probe by a man who does mean business, former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Trump Jr. has said he will cooperate with congressional investigators, and his father said he supported his son's desire to testify.
As part of Macron's charm offensive, Trump will be guest of honour during celebrations for France's national day on Friday, which will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of US involvement in World War I.
So now the spotlight gets brighter on the Trumps and Russian Federation, and Republicans and Democrats are saying they need to know more from Trump the Younger. As a candidate and campaign official, he said, "you take the information".
"I mean, I'm very strong on that".
The president's public unease in demanding consequences that could punish Russian Federation or curb its election interference going forward has aggravated senators from both parties, who overwhelmingly approved a bill to give the legislative branch more control over sanctions levied on or lifted from Russian Federation and Iran.
Following the publication of NBC's report, White House Correspondent (and one of the report's contributors) Hallie Jackson tweeted an addition that will undoubtedly spawn more updates.