Trump Says 'Most Politicians' Would Have Taken Meeting With Russians

17 Juillet, 2017, 23:17 | Auteur: Valentin Naude
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Last week, Trump Jr. released a chain of emails detailing his conversations on setting up the meeting with a Russian lawyer whom he was told has compromising information about Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSununu: Sunday show hosts are 'surrogate sponsors' of the 'Democratic perspective' CNN's Angela Rye refuses to say Trump is her president GOP lawmaker: Media has 'Pavlovian' response to mention of Russia MORE.

The next day, Trump revised "many" to "most", saying: "I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. Politics isn't the nicest business in the world, but it's very standard". His refusal to reveal his tax returns, like his predecessors.

Donald Trump's lawyer has insisted that a meeting between the President's eldest son and Russian nationals during last year's election was not illegal.

None of this is "very standard" for presidents. "I can tell you that he's very interested in what we're doing here today", Trump said.

By itself, that created questions why Trump associates were so eager to throw Trump Jr. and, by extension, his father, under the bus. It's about winning, at all costs.

"Donald Trump Jr himself said things should have been done differently", Mr Sekulow said in an interview with ABC.

When he was in business and couldn't repay his creditors, he declared bankruptcy. Thus, there was a notion called "compassing the death of the King" that was understood to be the capital crime of treason.

When he chose not to pay his contractors, or others who worked for him, he didn't.

The President has maintained having no knowledge of the meeting until the Times' reporting. Hey, whatever it took.

The Department of Justice did reportedly ask for Veselnitskaya to be cleared, but the request came from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office, not from the DOJ or Lynch. He promised his followers he'd jail Hillary Clinton, drain the Washington swamp, build a wall along the Mexican border, create vast numbers of jobs, repeal the North American Free Trade Act.

It was all "fake news".

Did he collude with Russia to become president? That wouldn't be standard practice in politics, but it would be consistent with Trump's standard. Absolutely not.' I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. "He said absolutely not".

Donald Trump and those close to him have repeatedly debunked allegations the Russian government was actively involved in advancing his candidacy for presidency.

Aside from the obvious implication that it might well be Mrs. Clinton who was acting adversely to the interests of the United States, and not Donald, Jr.

We may never know the exact answer to whether Trump himself colluded with Putin to win the presidency.

The meeting has drawn widespread scrutiny since The New York Times reported on it last weekend. "The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me".

But Trump's major goal now is to remain in power and accumulate even more money.

ROBERT B. REICH is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. "He was like a big deal, and I'm pretty sure in Russia he was already a TV personality, so he was already famous", said Luis Rivera-Barraza, a New York-based publicist who served as a preliminary judge at the pageant.