Donald Trump's police brutality comments 'making a joke' - White House

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As he flew home from a summit of world leaders in Germany, Mr. Trump dictated a statement to be released by his son in response to a pending New York Times story about the meeting, according to the Post.

The president directed that Trump Jr.'s statement to the Times describe the meeting as unimportant.

A lawyer for the president issued the Washington Post with a curt statement: "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent", Jay Sekulow said. The Times reported that Trump Jr. accepted the meeting in hopes that it would yield damaging information on Hillary Clinton, and Trump Jr. said it had not.

United States investigators are probing whether there was collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's Republican presidential campaign.

President Trump lawyer John Dowd said in a statement to NBC on the Post's report: "Fake news, incorrect and misinformed of no outcome".

A White House statement on Friday said President Trump "has now reviewed the final version and, based on its responsiveness to his negotiations, approves the bill and intends to sign it". Drafting a statement, he said, is "a communal situation that involved communications people and various lawyers". "I said, "Please don't be too nice, '" Trump said to applause, referring to officers shielding prisoners" heads with their hands.

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It is not right to take such action without passing any notice or conducting any enquiry, ' adding, "other parties are with us". And unable to understand why this happened, as I did not prevent them from raising any issue.

Officials say the timetable laid out for reform is aggressive, and hinted the White House might prefer steeper tax cuts even if they're only temporary.

Trump Jr. would go on to release his email exchanges with Goldstone after The New York Times informed him that they were planning to publish the documents, which they obtained through undisclosed means. He was right - or at the very least, they're trying to save him from himself.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will brief reporters on camera at 3:45 p.m. ET where she is expected to be asked about the response.

Trump touts himself as a president who is "strong on law enforcement" and tough on crime.

Said an anonymous adviser to the Post, "Now someone can claim he's the one who attempted to mislead". And as is so often the case with Trump, the lie was quickly revealed for what it was.

Questions about whether Trump's actions amounted to intervening to alter the course of federal investigations into his campaign and associates date back as far as February, when he reportedly asked then-FBI director James Comey to drop a probe into the foreign lobbying work of his ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Something tells me there's more to come.