President Trump said Friday that he did not recall the details of a March 2016 meeting with the former campaign adviser who pleaded guilty last month to making false statements to FBI agents.
“I don't remember much about that meeting. It was a very unimportant meeting. Don't remember much about it," Trump told reporters outside the White House as he prepared to leave for Hawaii on Friday morning.
During the meeting in question, Papadopoulos reportedly suggested Trump should consider traveling to Russia to meet with Russian government officials, with whom he had connections. Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions and a number of other foreign policy advisers to the campaign also attended the meeting.
Trump on Friday again argued that Democrats had demonstrated more misconduct during the 2016 race than his own campaign, which is under investigation by a special counsel over allegations that campaign hands communicated with Russians to sway public opinion ahead of the election. The president and his allies have repeatedly pointed to Democrats' campaign activities, which included paying a former British spy for Russia-related opposition research, as evidence that the Democrats are the ones who should be investigated."There was no collusion. There was no nothing. It’s a disgrace, frankly, that they continue," Trump said on Friday. "You ought to look at Hillary Clinton, and you ought to look at the new book that was just put out by Donna Brazile, where [Clinton] basically bought the DNC and she stole the election from Bernie [Sanders]."
Brazile, former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, revealed on Thursday that she had uncovered evidence to suggest Clinton took control of the DNC's financial and strategic operations nearly a year before she officially clinched the Democratic nomination, confirming suspicions long held by Sanders' supporters that the 2016 primary was orchestrated to benefit Clinton.