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Trump signed off on Trump Jr.’s first statement on Russia meeting: report

Trump signed off on Trump Jr.’s first statement on Russia meeting: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE personally signed off on a statement released Saturday by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., explaining his meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney promising dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller's team asking Manafort about Roger Stone: report O'Rourke targets Cruz with several attack ads a day after debate GOP pollster says polls didn't pick up on movement in week before 2016 election MORE.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Trump signed off on the statement, which was drafted aboard Air Force One by Trump's advisers.

In the statement, Trump Jr. said: “It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow-up.”

“I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand,” he added.

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Trump Jr. his since released multiple follow-up statements to clarify the story. Early Tuesday, he also released several emails between him and Rob Goldstone, a British music publicist who offered to set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and the Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

 

President Trump issued a brief statement defending his eldest son through White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during an off-camera briefing with reporters on Tuesday.

“My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” the statement said.