Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump dictated statement for son on Russian Federation meeting

Trump dictated statement for son on Russian Federation meeting

The statement about a meeting Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign emphasized that it was "not a campaign issue at the time".

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Kelly will have "full authority" to bring new structure and discipline to the White House, stressing that all staff, including members of Trump's inner circle, "will report to him".

Trump dictated the statement on July 8, while he was en route back to the United States from the G-20 summit in Germany, to director of strategic communications Hope Hicks, the Post said.

Trump's lawyers had claimed he was not involved in the meeting or its aftermath, and the Republican billionaire had rushed to his son's defense, accusing the media of a political "witch hunt".

The president's personal attorney responded to questions regarding the story with one sentence, characterizing the report as meaningless and inaccurate.

SEKULOW: No, that was written by Donald Trump Jr. and I'm sure with consultation with his lawyer.

Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., told the Post he had "no evidence" to support a theory about Trump's intervention in writing the statement and described the process of crafting it as "communal".

President Donald Trump confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that he plans to keep using Twitter to speak directly to the American people. Instead, the statement to the Times said the topic had been primarily Russian adoption policy.

The White House says President Donald Trump has not yet signed a sanctions bill that landed on his desk last week, which includes new measures against Russian Federation.

But shortly after that first report, it was shown the initial statement was misleading. After the Times obtained an email chain showing an acquaintance, Rob Goldstone, offered Trump Jr. a meeting where he could obtain information as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign, Trump Jr.

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