President Trump said son Donald Trump Jr. is a "good boy" even as the first family became embroiled in controversy stemming from Trump Jr.'s decision to meet with a Russian lawyer during the heated presidential campaign.
The lawyer reportedly claimed to have information that would be useful to the Trump team in its efforts to defeat Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
"Don is — as many of you know Don — he's a good boy," Trump said on Air Force One to media in newly released remarks. "He's a good kid. And he had a meeting, nothing happened with the meeting. It was a short meeting as he told me — because I only heard about it two or three days ago. As he told me, the meeting went —and it was attended by a couple of other people who—one of them left after a few minutes—which is Jared [Kushner]."
Kushner, the president's son-in-law, is a senior adviser at the White House.
"Honestly, in a world of politics, most people are going to take that meeting," the president insisted. "If somebody called and said, hey — and you're a Democrat — and by the way, they have taken them — hey, I have really some information on Donald Trump. You're running against Donald Trump. Can I see you? I mean, how many people are not going to take the meeting?"
Trump continued to say that Putin explicitly denied any involvement in meddling in the 2016 presidential election that put him in the White House.
"The next time I'm with Putin, I'm going to ask him: Who were you really for?" Trump said. "Because I can't believe that he would have been for me. Me. Strong military, strong borders — but he cares less about the borders — but strong military, tremendous."