While the world leaders have never talked about it or confirmed friendship, Donald Trump Jr happened to reveal something that has sent ripples on the Internet and beyond.
The remarks in Paris during a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron came even though Trump's own FBI pick has said the authorities should be alerted to requests for such meetings during a campaign and even after Donald Trump Jr. said he would rethink his own conduct in agreeing to the gathering in the first place. (In that NBC interview, she denied having ties to the government.) Mr Goldstone's e-mails suggest that the attorney - presumably Ms Veselnitskaya - flew in from Moscow for the meeting and was scheduled to be in court the same afternoon as the meeting.
Trump's comments come just after a New York Times report revealed that last summer, Donald Trump, Jr., along Jared Kushner and then campaign manager Paul Manafort, met with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who claimed to have compromising information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
If the future president's eldest son was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material-or the notion that it was part of a continuing effort by the Russian government to aid his father's campaign-he gave no indication.
Seated at his Oval Office desk for the Reuters interview, Trump said he does not fault his son for holding the meeting, but rather views it as a decision made in the heat of an upstart, non-traditional political campaign.
"He wants what's good for Russia, and I want what's good for the United States", President Trump told Robertson.
And Ms. Chalupa's work does not appear "to have been part of a larger pattern of cooperation, as with Trump-Russia, or to involve a U.S. promise or offer of sanctions relief in exchange for help", Mr. Friedman said.
DONALD TRUMP JR., Son of Donald Trump: In retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.
Because of those major differences, Trump said he wonders whether Putin really did support him over Clinton in the election. Most are short of that and the target is not ironclad. Both Mr. Roy and Mr. Haqqani said this was not normal or appropriate. He was open, transparent and innocent.
Around that time, Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing Russia policy, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and about 20 other guests, according to the The Hill.
"There's a difference between dealing with the embassy and dealing with a covert intelligence operation", Wittes said.
I don't know, but I'd hazard a guess that he didn't.
Fusion GPS was reportedly hired by a Republican opponent to dig up dirt on Donald Trump during the primaries.
THE FACTS: The weight of evidence supports Haley's certainty more than her boss' equivocation. For decades, the feared Russian has played a vital role in shaping US paranoia and a domestic landscape famous for its reactionary bursts and fearful lurches. On Monday, Sanders herself said that "the only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information about the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed".
The company's website says he established Crocus International, the precursor to the Crocus Group, as a "Soviet-American joint venture" in 1989, near the end of the Cold War.
Trump praised a "Today" appearance by Emin Agalarov the next year, calling him "a star!" again.
Some are pointing out that the Russian lawyer posted an anti-Trump social-media message last year, and appeared at a congressional hearing to watch Barack Obama's Russia ambassador testify. Also on Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump, "have been privately pressing the president to shake up his team-most specifically by replacing Reince Priebus as the White House chief of staff".
And then there is this recurring question: How long can the rest of the Republican Party prioritize partisanship and agenda over decency and patriotism?
Apart from the Russian embassy, there has not been a great deal of lobbying against the Canadian Magnitsky bill. The then-candidate's son responds, "I love it".
Is this all too complicated for voters to follow?
Investigations into alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign have shadowed the White House for months.