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Trump dictated son's misleading statement on Russia meeting: Report

Iran Press TV

Tue Aug 1, 2017 1:18PM

US President Donald Trump has reportedly dictated a misleading statement in which his son said a meeting between him and a Russian lawyer was centered on adopting Russian children.

The Washington Post reported on Monday evening that Trump made the move while he was flying home from Germany where he attended the G20 summit on July 8.

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

The president's attorney, Jay Sekulow told The Post, "Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent."

Last month, Trump's eldest son insisted that his 2016 meeting with the pro-Kremlin lawyer was about adoption of Russian children. The New York Times disclosed details of the meeting that took place in July 2016 which also included Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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 information "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father," read one of the emails.

The US intelligence community has accused Russia of running a series of high-profile cyber attacks to change the outcome of the November 8 presidential election. Russian President Vladimir Putin has firmly denied the hacking allegations.

Trump has repeatedly rejected such reports and has expressed support for improving relations with the US' former Cold War foe.

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