Trump Says ‘Most Politicians’ Would Have Taken Meeting With Russians

Meetings “to get info on an opponent” are standard politics, according to the president

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to defend his son, Donald Trump Jr., who remains under fire for meeting with Russians in 2016 who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Last week, Trump Jr. said he attended the meeting for “opposition research” in hopes of learning damaging information about Clinton’s possible connection to the Russian government. In the days following Trump Jr.’s appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity,” additional information about the meeting has slowly leaked.

Trump Jr. last week tweeted an email thread with U.K.-based music promoter and tabloid reporter Rob Goldstone that detailed the meeting. The president’s eldest son posted the emails to Twitter in an effort to be “totally transparent,” he wrote.

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” the message by Goldstone said.

The meeting also included Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner and took place in June 2016, two weeks afterTrump landed the Republican nomination for president. It was the first confirmed private meeting between the Russians and Trump’s team.

“In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently,” the president’s eldest son told Sean Hannity. “Again, this is before the Russia mania — this is before they were building this up in the press.”

According to Trump Jr., his father did not know about the sit-down.