Well this is a new one. After the Trump team exhausted their usage of defenses trying to dismiss the gravity of the situation, President Trump suggested on Thursday that the fault for his son’s 2016 meeting with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya rests with — wait for it — the Obama Administration.
Yes, President Trump has found yet another bad thing to pin blame for on the Obama Administration.
It has come out in the past week, thanks to a series of reports from the New York Times, that Donald Trump Jr. helped arrange a 2016 meeting between himself, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and a Russian government affiliated lawyer — Veselnitskaya — who was promising to hand off information about Hillary Clinton. The revelations about this meeting have sparked a firestorm of controversy and have Trump Jr. now facing multiple calls to appear in front of various Congressional committees.
Now, however, President Trump says that it’s not his son’s fault.
Trump began his reply to a reporter’s Thursday question by describing his son as a “wonderful young man,” trying to paint him as naive. He referenced Trump Jr.’s age in this same light several times throughout his remarks, even though, as the Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake notes, Trump Jr. is the same age as the man who was standing next to President Trump at that Thursday press conference, French President Emmanuel Macron.
The rest of Trump’s answer is where the really wild stuff comes in. His line of reasoning is that the Obama Administration never should have let Veselnitskaya into the country, and since they did, anything out of line that took place at Veselnitskaya’s meeting with Trump Jr. and others is Obama’s fault.
After claiming that the meeting was part of “standard” politics, Trump said of Veselnitskaya:
‘Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch. Now, maybe that’s wrong, because I just heard about that a little while ago, but I was a little surprised to hear that: She’s here because of Lynch.’
The Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake explains that the incident Trump is referencing is the special approval granted Veselnitskaya for her to come into the country for one legitimate reason and one reason only — to defend a client of hers in a court case in New York City.
In other words, no, Trump, you can’t try and shift blame off of this from your son onto Lynch.
Watch video of Trump’s remarks about the subject below. He is in Paris, where he appeared Thursday alongside French President Macron at a press conference, as Macron’s guest of honor for Bastille Day celebrations.
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