The next day, a reporter asked: "Is Russia a friend or foe?" "We're going to be self-supporting, we just about are now", Trump said.
Mr Wray said he had no reason to doubt the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered in part by hacking and releasing e-mails damaging to Mrs Clinton, a claim Moscow denies. "I wouldn't have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff", he said.
Trump was asked about his son's meeting a day after Christopher Wray, his nominee to head the Federal Bureau of Investigation, told the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing that he would advise politicians that "any threat or effort to interfere with our election from any nation state or any non-state actor is the kind of thing the Federal Bureau of Investigation would want to know". And he said, 'No, I did not.
Wednesday's White House briefing was off camera, led by Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Jay Sekulow, the President's attorney, denied that Trump was involved. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back? "I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians", Sessions responded. But he's the leader of Russian Federation. "Politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it's very standard", he said. -Trump FBI Director nominee Christopher Wray to the Senate Judiciary Committee when asked if he'd made a loyalty pledge to the president.
The atmosphere has become so toxic that staff members have been distrustful of each other, especially after news of Trump Jr.'s meeting surfaced.
- Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer.
Democrats are up in arms, demanding that the 36-year-old Kushner - a senior adviser to the president with an office in the White House - be stripped of his security clearance.
"Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch", Trump said at a press conference in Paris.
USA intelligence agencies have blamed the Russian government for meddling through hacking in last year's election to benefit Trump and harm Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent.
Mr Trump sought to excuse his "wonderful" son, saying Ms Veselnitskaya was "not a government lawyer" and "it was a meeting that went very, very quickly ... zero happened from the meeting". Although Veselnitskaya worked in a local prosecutor's office in Russian Federation, she said she does not work for the Kremlin. In his email, Goldstone said that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" offered to provide the information on Clinton to the Trump campaign in a meeting with Aras Agalarov. According to emails released by Trump Jr., he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that would have damaged Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"It's hard to put yourself in that position other than saying I don't think it would be appropriate to have that meeting", Senator Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said.