While in France, President Trump held a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron Thursday, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.
Both Trump and Macron spoke of their discussions and joint interests but the segment of the press conference that has gained the most media attention is when President Trump was asked about the recent news regarding his son’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.
“As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man,” Trump said. “He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer. It was a short meeting it was a meeting that went very, very quickly very fast. Two other people were in the room, I guess one of them left almost immediately, and the other one was not really focused on the meeting. I do think this.”
“I think from a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting,” Trump said. “It’s called opposition research or even research into your opponent. I’ve had many people — I’ve only been in politics for two years, but I’ve had many people call up. We have information on this factor or this person or frankly Hillary. That’s very standard in politics. Politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it’s very standard where they have information and they take the information.”
“In the case of Don, he listened,” Trump said. “I guess they talked about, as I see it, they talked about adoption and some things. Adoption wasn’t even a part of the campaign, but nothing happened from the meeting. Zero happened from the meeting and, honestly, I think the press made a very big deal over something that really a lot of people would do.”
“Now, the lawyer that went to the meeting, I see that she was in the halls of Congress,” President Trump continued. “Also somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Now, maybe that’s wrong — I just heard that a little while ago. I was a little surprised to hear that so she was here because of Lynch.”
“So again, I have a son who’s a great young man,” he said. “He’s a fine person, he took a meeting with a lawyer from Russia. It lasted for a very short period and nothing came of the meeting, and I think it’s a meeting that most people in politics probably would have taken.”
Watch the entire press conference here, with remarks from both President Trump and France’s President Macron.
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