President Trump dictated a statement about his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reported Monday that President Trump’s advisers hoped for Donald Trump Jr. to release a statement about the meeting and get ahead of speculation over it.
Multiple people familiar with the deliberations told The Post, however, that President Trump personally dictated a statement aboard Air Force One on July 8.
The statement ultimately said that Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s statement, which was sent to the New York Times as it prepared an article earlier this month, added that the meeting’s subject was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
The claims are seemingly misleading after Donald Trump Jr. earlier this month tweeted out an email chain confirming he met Veselnitskaya for damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Some Twitter users on Monday criticized President Trump’s decision to personally dictate his son’s response to reports of the controversial huddle.
When will it end?— Thoughts Of Truth (@True_Thoughts) July 31, 2017
Donald Trump wrote the statement on Don Jr's meeting with Russia. Then days later or lies later Don Jr releases emails.
Jay Sekulow, who is one of President Trump’s attorneys, declined to discuss the specifics of the statement’s preparation.
“Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent,” he said in a statement.
Alan Futerfas, who is Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney, said that he and his client “were fully prepared and absolutely prepared to make a fulsome statement” about the conversation.
“I have no evidence to support that theory,” he said of President Trump reportedly intervening in the statement.
“[Drafting the statement was] a communal situation that involved communications people and various lawyers,” Futerfas added.
Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting has stoked controversy as it occurred while his father was competing against Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, for the White House.
Reports of the meeting came as the FBI and several congressional committees probe potential Russian meddling in last year’s presidential race.
The investigations reportedly include potential collusion between President Trump’s election campaign and Russia.