Trump may have been behind Russian meeting statement

U.S. President Donald Trump signed the U.S. Congress's new sanctions bill which steps up sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russian Federation.

"The statement, issued to The New York Times as it prepared an article, emphasised that the subject of the meeting was "not a campaign issue at the time".

New details have surfaced suggesting President Donald Trump may have been behind his son's statement regarding his meeting with Russian officials.

In a statement last week, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Congress' almost unanimous approval of the sanctions bill indicates that "in certain circles" of United States politics "Russophobia and the course of open confrontation with our country have become entrenched".

Shortly afterwards Mr Trump Jr released emails showing he agreed to meet the Russian because she might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

It was initially reported in early July that Trump Jr. met with Veselnitskaya along with Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, who has a senior role in the White House, and Paul Manafort, who was campaign chair at the time, in Trump Tower in June 2016.

The adviser's fears don't appear to be misplaced.

It is believed they've been laid down as punishment for interfering with the 2016 presidential election. Sekulow said much the same on ABC's This Week.

White House officials said that the president signed the measure on Wednesday morning, almost a week after it was passed by the Senate with a veto-proof majority.

Trump worked with aides on the statement on Air Force One while returning to the USA from the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg on July 8.

"It seems a bit unusual the president of the United States comes in and drafts this statement that is just factually wrong about the content and context of that meeting and this seems to be a pattern of constantly trying to take the public's attention away from anything that deals with Russia", Mr. Warner told CNN.

"A sensitive legal matter such as [drafting Trump Jr.'s statement] would normally have been handled by the attorneys, given that it was about the Russian Federation investigation", CNN reported.

"When you put out a misleading statement it's gonna be hard to convince people to stop looking at other things", Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) said.

Some Democrats are skeptical of the White House response.

"He weighed in, offered suggestions like any father would", Sanders told reporters.

  • Rogelio Becker