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Trump helped craft Don Jr. statement, White House confirms


In the July statement, Donald Trump Jr said he met Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 to discuss the adoption of Russian children.

But that changed when the president chose to personally dictate the statement himself, suggesting the meeting with the Russian lawyer was to discuss "a program about the adoption of Russian children".

The Post reports that Trump dictated the statement while flying back to Washington from the G20 summit in Hamburg, aboard Air Force One.

"The statement that was issued was true and there were no inaccuracies in the statement", Ms Sanders said.

Trump Jr. had earlier released a series of emails showing he attended the session to obtain damaging information about his father's Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times reported earlier in July that the president signed off on the initial statement from his son.




In the days that followed, it emerged there were multiple other people in the room that Trump Jr. had not mentioned, including a lobbyist/former Soviet military officer and a Russian property developer. "But, you know, he - like I said, he weighed in, offered a suggestion". Sekulow said much the same on ABC's This Week.

"I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the President".

Trump Jr. ultimately released copies of the email exchange he had with publicist Rob Goldstone before the meeting, in which Goldstone said that a Russian government attorney had information that was part of Russia's efforts to help Trump's candidacy.

The meeting has caught the attention of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "The response came from Donald Trump Jr. and - I'm sure - in consultation with his lawyer".

But Trump overruled the advisers and "personally dictated" the misleading statement that was eventually published, according to The Post's report. Moscow responded to a White House announcement last week that Trump meant to sign the bill, ordering a reduction in the number of USA diplomats in Russian Federation.

Sekulow didn't immediately respond to a request for comment made through his spokesman, Gene Kapp.

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