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Trump on Trump Jr: "many people would have held that meeting"

Seth Wenig / AP

Donald Trump gave his reaction Wednesday to his son Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer, telling Reuters, "I think many people would have held that meeting."

  • On whether he knew of the meeting in advance: "No, that I didn't know until a couple of days ago when I heard about this."
  • Trump said he discussed election meddling with Putin for 20-25 minutes: "I said, did you do it? And he said no, I did not. Absolutely not. I then asked him a second time in a totally different way. He said absolutely not."