President Donald Trump personally “dictated” a misleading statement about his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer — allegedly to discuss adoption rules — one day after discussing the same issue with Vladimir Putin.
Trump himself confirmed that he had discussed the topic during one of their previously undisclosed meetings July 7 during the summit, during a wide-ranging New York Times interview, reported Business Insider.
“The meal was going toward dessert,” Trump told the newspaper. “I went down just to say hello to Melania, and while I was there I said hello to Putin. Really, pleasantries more than anything else. It was not a long conversation, but it was, you know, could be 15 minutes — just talked about things. Actually, it was very interesting, we talked about adoption.”
The initial statement, which was reportedly written with Trump’s input on Air Force One following the G20 summit, came after reports revealed Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the presidential campaign.