President Trump defended his son's decision to accept a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer, and argued the media has made a "very big deal" out of a routine research-gathering discussion.

"My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer," Trump said during a joint appearance with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. "It was a short meeting, it was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast."

"I do think this, I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. It's called opposition research," Trump said.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump Jr. published four pages of emails that indicated he accepted an invitation to meet with a lawyer who said she was connected to the Kremlin and wanted to offer "sensitive" information about Hillary Clinton.

The lawyer ultimately pressed Trump Jr. and two other high-level campaign officials, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, about adoption policies.

"I've had many people call up [and say] 'Oh, gee, we have information on this factor or this person or, frankly, Hillary.' That's very standard in politics," President Trump said.

"In the case of Don... I guess they talked about, as I see it, they talked about adoption and some things," Trump said.

"But nothing happened from the meeting," he added. "And honestly I think the press made a very big deal over something" most political operatives would have explored, Trump said.