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Donald Trump Jr., executive vice president of The Trump Organization, discusses the expansion of Trump hotels, Monday, June 5, 2017, in New York. The Trump Organization is launching a new mid-market hotel chain called "American Ideas." The president's son said the new chain will start with three hotels in Mississippi, and that inspiration for the chain came from traveling through America during his father's presidential campaign. The company also says the first of dozens of hotels in another new Trump chain called Scion is under construction in Mississippi, too. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Trump first heard of his son meeting a Russian lawyer ‘in the last couple of days’


The White House says President Trump first learned of his son’s 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney in “the last couple of days.”

“I believe in the last couple of days, is my understanding,” deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing Monday when asked about the meeting.

“Don Jr. took a very short meeting from which there was absolutely no follow-up,” she added of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting during last year’s presidential campaign.

“I’ve been on several campaigns and people call offering information. As I know, many of you receive similar calls of people offering information.”

Some Twitter users on Monday criticized Huckabee Sanders’s trustworthiness during Monday’s briefing, which occurred off-camera.

Huckabee Sanders added during Monday’s briefing that the media should examine the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) work with the Ukrainian embassy last year.

“This is not an accusation,” she said of the DNC’s moves during the 2016 presidential race. “This is an on the record action that they took.”

“So if you’re looking for coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, who actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian embassy.”

Donald Trump Jr. on Monday tweeted that he would be “happy” to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 race.

The New York Times reported Sunday that that Donald Trump Jr. met Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016 after he was promised damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya have since denied they discussed last year’s White House race, with the former claiming they talked about U.S. adoptions of Russian children instead.

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