President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. responded to a New York Times report this week that he took part in a meeting last year at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and her father.
“It was a very pleasant meeting,” Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, told NBC News on Sunday.
“She gave us a small amount of information that would incriminate Hillary Clinton and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to our father.
That was the only time we heard anything about it from her.”
The Times reported that the meeting was set up as part of a Russian government effort to aid Trump and help him win the presidency.
“My father has a great relationship with the Russian people and he has a tremendous relationship with Putin,” Trump said in a statement.
“He was very happy to hear that.”
Trump Jr.’s statement, however, didn’t provide any details about what the meeting had to do with the Russians.
“There was no information that was particularly salacious or inappropriate that would be of any use to the Russian government,” the president said.
The president’s son also said that he did not think that the information he received from the meeting with his father was “anything that should have been taken seriously.”
“I’m a firm believer that no one ever knows what the Russians are thinking,” Trump added.
“And I can tell you that they’re not thinking what they’re saying.”
Trump said he “did not see anything that was illegal,” adding that “I never met anybody that was in that position to have that information.”
“This is all fiction,” Trump wrote in his tweet.
“I was asked to do this meeting because I had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton.
Russia and its Government have never denied or denied any effort to interfere in our election.”