Christie on Trump Jr. meeting: ‘None of it’s positive’

Christie on Trump Jr. meeting: ‘None of it’s positive’
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Monday none of the news surrounding Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, whether true or merely alleged, is "positive," Politico reported.

“My understanding of this is there’s concern by some people of collusion,” Christie said during a press conference, the newspaper reported. “Even from what we’ve heard so far, I don’t see any evidence of that. So we need to get back to what the bottom line is here. If there’s collusion, that’s a major issue. If there isn’t, then I don’t think it is. But none of it’s positive and I’m sure that nobody in the administration thinks that was a good week.”

The former U.S. attorney said the news of Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer "doesn't help" ease concerns about the White House.

The Republican governor, who helped lead President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Pruitt spent K flying aides to Australia to prep for later-canceled visit: report Rosenstein told Trump he is not a target of Mueller probe: report MORE's transition team, urged the Trump administration to release information about its White House staffers' meetings with foreign governments.

“Everyone who had any contacts with any foreign nationals, especially anyone from Russia, should have been giving that information to the administration — should be put out publicly,” Christie reportedly said.

Christie added that doesn't look good when “stuff comes out a little bit at a time and a little bit at a time,” Politico reported.

While Trump Jr. does not serve in the administration, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower.

Trump Jr. met with Natalia Veselnitskaya after an associate, Rob Goldstone, promised that she would provide incriminating information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJustice to provide access to Comey memos to GOP lawmakers Justice Dept inspector asks US attorney to consider criminal charges for McCabe: reports 'Homeland' to drop Trump allegories in next season MORE's campaign.

The president's eldest son denies that he received any information about Clinton.

Both the president and his son have downplayed the meeting.

Trump on Monday tweeted that “most politicians” would have accepted the opportunity to obtain compromising information about an opponent.

Christie said despite the bad optics, he so far sees nothing criminal. But, he caveats, it would've possibly been illegal if Trump Jr. had taken "opposition research" from an agent with ties to a foreign government.

The governor also reportedly urged people to not get in “a frenzy" by "jumping to conclusions every time there’s a piece of new information.

“When they come to conclusions, they’ll either charge folks or they won’t,” Christie said, Politico reported. “Then we’ll know what’s going on.”