Trump Russia Claims: Mood In The White House Is ‘Fantastic’
President Donald Trump says the mood in the White House is “fantastic” despite intense scrutiny of his campaign’s alleged dealings with Russia.
He told Reuters the administration was “functioning beautifully”.
The president also defended his son, who it has emerged met a Russian lawyer during the election campaign.
US media have described the White House as in chaos over the story, with a Trump ally calling it a “Category 5 hurricane”, the Washington Post said.
Donald Trump Jr met Natalia Veselnitskaya believing she had information that would damage his father’s opponent Hillary Clinton.
Mr Trump Jr told Fox News the meeting was “such a nothing”, and “a wasted 20 minutes”, but accepted he should have handled it differently.
Critics say he may have broken federal laws.
US intelligence believe Moscow tried to sway the 2016 election in Mr Trump’s favour and there are ongoing investigations into potential links between Mr Trump’s campaign team and Russia.
Moscow has repeatedly denied the claims.
In his interview, he Mr Trump called the allegations “a hoax made up by the Democrats”. He has previously suggested other agents may have meddled in the election, despite senior officials in his own administration blaming Russia.
‘Most people would have had that meeting’
In his Reuters interview, Mr Trump said he had not been aware of his son’s meeting with Ms Veselnitskaya until couple of days ago.
Defending Donald Jr’s decision to attend, he added: “Many people, and many political pros, said everybody would do that.”
he president described the election campaign as “a wild time” when “we would meet with many people”.
He refused to say that he regretted Donald Jr’s actions, commenting, “Most of the phony politicians who are Democrats who I watched over the last couple of days… would have taken that meeting in a heartbeat.”