It looks as though news of US President Donald Trump’s supposed links with the Russians just won’t go away. Hot on the heels of his first official meeting with Russian Head of State Vladimir Putin last week, Trump is again back in the news. But this time the story revolves around his son, Donald Jr.
News leaked recently of a meeting between the former Apprentice host’s son and a top Russian lawyer. The meet with lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort happened before Trump Sr. was elected. And some Democrat detractors claim that the subject of election hacking was brought up.
Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media this when asked to comment on reports saying that Veselnitskaya might have coordinated her meetings with the Russian authorities:
“No, we don’t know who she is as we obviously cannot track all the Russian lawyers in the country and abroad.”
Donald Trump Jr. has admitted to the meetings. He told The New York Times this about the Trump Tower liaison:
“We discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and has since been ended by the Russian government. I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
The New York Times claim that the Russian lawyer was known to the FBI. Trump Jr. wouldn’t comment on that, merely claiming that the meeting has something to do with ‘information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Mrs. Clinton.’
President Trump and his team have been forced to repeatedly reject a string of damaging allegations about his campaign having illegal ties with Russia. One recurring accusation is that he was put into power by Putin and a group of hackers. That Russia and Trump effectively ‘hacked’ the 2016 US Presidential election.
The Trump camp and his supporter maintain that such allegations are scurrilous and are aimed primarily at belittling Donald Trump and at delegitimizing his presidency. The Kremlin have also come out multiple times to deny any involvement in destroying Hillary Clinton’s chances of presidency and being involved in putting Trump into power.