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'It's Called Opposition Research': Trump Defends Son's Meeting with Russian Lawyer

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Mr. President, your FBI nominee

said, if someone in a campaign got an email about Russia,

like the one that your son Don Jr. received,

that they should alert the FBI, rather than

accept that meeting.

Is he wrong?

Also, were you misled by your team

in not knowing about this meeting?

And Mr. President, thank you very much.

You have heard President Trump say,

that it may have been Russia.

It may have been others who interfered

with the US election.

Is President Trump taking a hard enough line on Russia,

as you see it?

Merci.

Well, I'll start off by saying, first of all,

I believe that we will have a great FBI Director.

I think he's doing really well.

And we're very proud of that choice.

I think I've done a great service to the country

by choosing him.

He will make us all proud.

And I think someday we'll see that, and hopefully

someday soon.

So we're very proud of him.

As far as my son is concerned, my son

is a wonderful young man.

He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government

lawyer, but a Russian lawyer.

It was a short meeting.

It was a meeting that went very, very quickly--

very fast.

Two other people in the room--

I guess one of them left almost immediately,

and the other one was not really focused on the meeting.

I do think this, I think from a practical standpoint

most people would have taken that meeting.

It's called opposition research or even research

into your opponent.

I've had many people--

I've only been in politics for two years--

but I've had many people call up, oh gee,

we have information on this factor, or this person,

or frankly, Hillary.

That's very standard in politics.

Politics is not the nicest business in the world.

But it's very standard, where they have information,

and you take the information.

In the case of Don, he listened.

I guess they talked about, as I see it,

they talked about adoption and some things.

Adoption wasn't even a part of the campaign.

But nothing happened from the meeting.

Zero happened from the meeting.

And honestly, I think the press made a very big deal

over something that really a lot of people would do.

Now, the lawyer that went to the meeting,

I see that she was in the halls of Congress also.

Somebody said that her visa or her passport

to come into the country was approved by Attorney General

Lynch.

Now, maybe that's wrong.

I just heard that a little while ago.

But I was a little surprised to hear that.

So she was here because of Lynch.

So again, I have a son who's a great young man.

He's a fine person.

He took a meeting with a lawyer from Russia.

It lasted for a very short period.

And nothing came of the meeting.

And I think it's a meeting that most people in politics

probably would have taken.

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