The White House on Monday flatly denied that any Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russian government to influence the election, while referring most questions about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-backed lawyer to outside attorneys.
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders instead pointed to what she said was a matter of public record — that the Democratic National Committee worked with Ukraine's embassy in Washington to coordinate opposition research.
"The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed," she said.
Senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was characteristically feisty Monday morning on CNN, accusing the cable network of focusing on alleged scandals over substance in reporting on President Trump.
“You talk about Russia more than you talk about America,” Conway told host Chris Cuomo, complaining that the media ignore Trump's plans on jobs, healthcare, infrastructure and more.
Kellyanne Conway defends Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian lawyer, watch the full interview https://t.co/2zRfras7g2
But aside from Conway’s marathon appearance — Cuomo let her talk well over her allotted time, and just as feistily refuted her — and a series of morning tweets from Trump himself, the White House seemed to be in bunker mode. Aides struggled to respond to bipartisan criticism over the weekend of Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and new reports that Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign manager met last summer with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Senate Republicans, having hit an apparent impasse in their long campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, return to Washington this week in search of a way forward, with support dwindling, time running out and deep divisions within their ranks.
Options are limited as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assesses the legislative landscape for his Obamacare replacement, which has virtually no hope of passing unless it is substantially amended.
President Trump took another shot at former FBI Director James B. Comey in a Monday morning Twitter message that misstated a key element of a story published in a Capitol Hill newspaper.
Trump's early morning tweet pushed a talking point that has been gaining credence in some conservative media outlets -- that Comey leaked classified information in memos that recounted conversations he had with the president.
James Comey leaked CLASSIFIED INFORMATION to the media. That is so illegal!
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday the Kremlin was unaware of a meeting between then-GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's senior staff and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign in which the Russian reportedly said she had information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Over the weekend, President Trump's eldest son changed his account of the meeting he had with the Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign, saying Sunday that Natalia Veselnitskaya told him she had information about Clinton. A statement from Donald Trump Jr. one day earlier made no mention of Clinton.
Asked about the reports, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin does not know who the lawyer is, and added that the Kremlin "cannot keep track" of every Russian lawyer and their meetings in Russia or abroad.
Federal Reserve officials took bold steps to battle the financial crisis and the Great Recession, none more audacious than purchasing trillions of dollars in bonds in an unprecedented and politically charged attempt to boost economic growth.
Now, with the economy healthier — and mixed opinions about how much the bond purchases actually helped — the Fed is preparing to scale back its massive stock of about $4.5 trillion in assets.
Those holdings of mostly Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities are more than quadruple what they were before the crisis, and reducing them is another risky move that could affect mortgage rates, consumer prices, bank lending, stock values and federal government borrowing.
China said Monday that the U.S. has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and that the U.S. said it was a technical error and corrected it.
In a statement issued Saturday about a meeting in Germany between Xi and President Trump, the White House press office described Xi as president of the Republic of China, the formal name for Taiwan. Communist China, led by Xi, is called the People's Republic of China.
Jul. 9, 2017, 4:27 p.m.
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Jul 09, 2017 | 4:27 PM
It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information.
Donald Trump Jr., in a statement
Donald Trump Jr. said Sunday that he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer shortly after his father clinched the Republican nomination, hoping to get information helpful to the campaign.
A New York Times report Sunday citing advisors to the White House briefed on the encounter said Donald Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after being promised information damaging to Hillary Clinton.
The June meeting at Trump Tower with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya involved Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, who was then the campaign chairman.
President Trump says he “strongly pressed” Russian President Vladimir Putin over interference in last year’s U.S. election, but he did not contest Russian assertions that in their face-to-face meeting, he accepted Putin’s denials of cyber-meddling.
In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Trump did not address the meddling itself, except to say “I’ve already given my opinion” about it.
I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I've already given my opinion.....