Trump tweets about secret Trump Tower meeting

Trump acknowledges purpose of meeting with Russian lawyer

President Donald Trump said Sunday the infamous Trump Tower meeting was about obtaining information on his 2016 presidential 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.

Mr Trump responded: "Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower". At various times, they defended the meeting by claiming it was exclusively about global adoption, said that they were doing standard opposition research, and even argued that they didn't get anything out of it so how can it be illegal?

"The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it's TRUE", Trump tweeted from his Bedminster golf resort in New Jersey.

It is not the first time the president acknowledged the existence of the meeting using this line of defense, but it is the president's most blunt admission that the goal was to obtain damaging information against his then opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election. They described the statement, which had not mentioned that the Russian lawyer was expected to bring damaging information about Clinton, as "short but accurate". Previously, all that hinged on the claims that since they didn't get any dirt out of the meeting, it can't be illegal, which would hold up better if things like "attempted burglary" didn't exist.

It was not clear where Mr Trump's theories are from but the idea of tree-clearing for fire prevention may have come from interior secretary Ryan Zinke, who advocated the idea in September.

Trump, however, has maintained he had no prior knowledge about the meeting.

Trump's lawyers and the White House have given conflicting accounts about whether Trump was involved in crafting Donald Jr.'s response to a New York Times article last summer revealing the Trump Tower meeting with the adoptions rationale.

U.S. media then reported that the United States president had been involved in the initial statement his son issued on the meeting.

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. "When you look at a meeting, George, that took place ... now two years ago, the question is, 'What law, statute or rule or regulation's been violated?' Nobody's pointed to one".

"I had bad information at that time and made a mistake in my statement", Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week".

The Post had reported that the statement to The Times was dictated by the president, though at the time Trump's lawyers denied his involvement. "They can also cause War!"

In another, he expressed frustration with both the media and Mueller's probe. "And I fear that the message that the Kremlin cares most about is what they hear from Donald Trump, and that is still one of denial and cover for the Russians".



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