Trump publicly defends Trump Jr: ‘Most people would have taken that meeting’

Donald Trump has defended his son in public over his meeting with a Russian lawyer last year, telling a press conference in Paris “most people would have taken that meeting” and ignoring questions about whether offers of political assistance from potential agents of foreign governments should be reported to the FBI.

Pre-empting the New York Times, which first reported the meeting, Trump Jr this week released emails in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

An intermediary had told Trump Jr the contact was a Russian government lawyer who could provide information damaging to Clinton.

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