Trump: I get along 'very well' with Putin

16 Juillet, 2017, 04:18 | Auteur: Gregory Millet
  • In Paris, Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russian Lawyer

"Many people, and many political pros, said everybody would do that".

Trump Jr eagerly agreed to meet the woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father's campaign, according to emails released by the younger Trump. During their conversation Trump also spoke about the threat that North Korea poses to the world, about Middle Eastern countries' funding of terrorism and about U.S. health-care legislation. The push to get to the bottom of the Trump-Russia link is not, as the president has said, "fake news". "It's the dumbest thing I've ever heard", he said.

Separately, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said his panel wants to look at the use of Russian social media "trolls" and whether they were connected to the Trump election campaign.

Trump, who has kept a low profile since returning over the weekend from a Group of 20 summit in Germany, said his son was "open, transparent and innocent".

The full interview airs Friday on "The 700 Club".

Speaking to Fox News, Trump Jr said he went along to see what it was about. In an editorial the paper calls the President's son Donald Jr.

Trump pointed to a cease-fire the U.S. and Russia negotiated in a region in Syria and said it was a result of having communication with Putin.

Seated at his Oval Office desk, Trump said he did not fault his son for holding the meeting, writing it off as a decision made in the heat of an upstart, non-traditional campaign.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday decried as a political "witch hunt" the deepening scandal over alleged Russian efforts to secure his White House victory that has ensnared his eldest son.

Sekulow said the president was not being investigated by Mueller.

In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), President Trump said that Russia's president Vladimir Putin would have been happier if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

While discussing with CBN Founder Pat Robertson his G20 meeting with Putin, Trump explained that he believes it's important for the U.S. and Russia as "tremendously powerful nuclear power [s]" to have a good relationship.

A Reuters reporter asked the president Wednesday if he had known about his son's meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June last year.

Do you just accept that that's the way this campaign's going to go? "There was nothing to tell".

"We have already said that we are absolutely not familiar with this whole story", said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. But he added of Putin: "Somebody did say if he did do it you wouldn't have found out about it. Which is a very interesting point".

The President said that he "think [s] it was Russia" who meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but that "nobody really knows for sure".