The president’s defensive stance about his son was in keeping with what he has said for a week about the meeting.
The younger Mr. Trump met with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in the Trump Tower offices after an acquaintance said she had sensitive and damaging information about Mrs. Clinton.
He initially told The New York Times that it was about Russian adoptions. A day later, he acknowledged that it had initially been about supposedly harmful information on Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump’s rival in the general election.
In addition, the meeting was described initially as having five attendees, including Mr. Trump’s brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort. In the days since the meeting was first reported, that number has grown to seven attendees.
The president has insisted he learned of the meeting only a few days before The Times article. His aides helped write his son’s initial statement describing the meeting as they flew back with the president from the Group of 20 summit meeting in Europe.
The White House has found itself unable to take control of the narrative, with new revelations coming almost daily, and several government staff members unaware of the full details.
At 2 a.m. on Monday, Dan Scavino Jr., the White House director of social media, used his personal Twitter account to attack a commentator who had been critical of the situation.
“Watching replay of Sun shows. @EvanSiegfried is a political hack that has absolutely no idea/clue what he is talking about on @FoxNews!”
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