President Trump tried to deflect questions Thursday about his son’s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer, implying that the attorney had been let into the U.S. under murky circumstances by the Obama administration's attorney general.
Trump, employing an attribution that he often uses, "somebody said," remarked that he had heard the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had been allowed into the U.S. by then-Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch, a frequent target of Trump aides and supporters.
“Somebody said that her visa or her passport, to come into the country, was approved by Attorney General Lynch,” Trump said at a news conference in Paris.
President Trump said Thursday that he, and not subordinate officials, would make the decision about what to do with President Obama's program that shields more than 750,000 people from deportation who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
"It’s a decision that I make, and it’s a decision that’s very very hard to make. I really understand the situation now," Trump said.
"I understand the situation very well. What I’d like to do is a comprehensive immigration plan. But our country and political forces are not ready yet," he added.
His boss contradicts him. Sometimes sends him off to clean up messes. Makes him explain controversial policies.
When you have been chief executive of one of the largest companies on the planet, and suddenly you find yourself taking orders from an unpredictable politician with no government experience, it can be, well, complicated.
"Well it is a lot different than being CEO of Exxon because I was the ultimate decision-maker," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday in unusually candid comments to reporters.
President Trump's chief private attorney in the ongoing Russia inquiry says he acted inappropriately when he threatened a stranger in a series of profane emails Wednesday night.
New York attorney Marc Kasowitz, who has represented Trump in several legal matters over the years, appeared to be set off by an email from a retired public relations professional who told Kasowitz he ought to resign, according to messages obtained by the investigative nonprofit ProPublica news site.
"Marc, You don't know me. I don't know you," the man wrote to Kasowitz, apparently in response to a recent ProPublica report alleging that Kasowitz was struggling with alcohol abuse. "But, I believe it is in your interest and the long-term interest of your firm for you to resign from your position advising the President re. pending federal legal matters. No good can come from this and, in fact, your name may ... turn out to be a disparaging historical footnote to the presidency of DJT."
President Trump arrived in Paris early Thursday morning, preparing for meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron that likely will be shadowed by political controversies back home.
Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Paris shortly after 8:30 a.m. local time. The president headed for the U.S. ambassador's residence, where he was scheduled to talk with U.S. diplomatic and military officials before his meeting with Macron. The first lady toured a children's hospital.
Later in the morning, the Trumps greeted Macron and his wife, Brigitte, at Les Invalides, the French military museum and memorial. The two couples toured Napoleon's Tomb and other landmarks.
And three times the Republican leader swatted back the inquiries, bluntly saying he would rely on the investigations already underway into the Trump administration’s Russia ties and make no further comment.
The back-and-forth was a well-worn script that continues to play out on Capitol Hill amid the almost daily drip-drip-drip of new details about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election.