Amid another finding in Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns ties to Russia, the president issued a statement commending his son, Donald Jr., for being open about the latest reports.
“My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” Trump said of his oldest son just hours after he released a strand of emails regarding a meeting with a Russian lawyer.
The report, which surfaced over the weekend, alleged that Trump Jr. believed that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya would offer him “compromising information” about Hillary Clinton in an arranged meeting in June 2016, the New York Times reported.
According to The Times report, Trump Jr. was informed via email that Veselnitskaya would give him information that would aid his father’s presidential campaign. The email was sent by Rob Goldstone, a publicist and former reporter for British tabloids.
Once the allegations surfaced, Trump Jr. tweeted out pages of emails that he says documents the conversations that were had between all the parties prior to the meeting.
When questioned about the reports and Trump Jr. releasing the email, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that she was unaware when Trump and his son last spoke and issued the president’s brief statement on the matter. After that, she refused to take any further questions on the report and referred any other inquiries to Trump Jr. and his legal team.
Listen to the audio from the July 11 press briefing below: