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>> In an exclusive interview with Reuters Wednesday, President Donald Trump saying he was not aware of the meeting last year between his son and a Russian lawyer that has plunged the White House back into chaos. Telling Reuters, he only learned of it a few days ago. Trump saying he does not fault his son Donald Jr. for taking the meeting, saying quote, I think many people would have held that meeting.
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But his belated response may do little to dampen the uproar.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington. Trump has been saying for months that this is a made up story. But emails released by his son Donald Jr. on Tuesday clearly show that top campaign officials met with somebody that they believed was peddling Russian dirt about rival Hillary Clinton.
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We don't know where this' all going to end up, but it's leaving Donald Trump more isolated than ever in Washington with few Republicans willing to come to his defense.>> Trump keeping a low profile since returning from the G20 Summit in Europe, holding no public events since Saturday.
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In the impromptu Reuters interview, the President insisted that he pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin hard during their meeting at the Summit on his country's role in last year election. Asking him more than once whether the Kremlin was involved, and being told no. But Trump advisors telling Reuters that the revelation surrounding Donald Jr.'s meeting will be impossible to shrug off, saying Trump's son didn't know what he was getting into when he agreed to take the meeting.
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Also in the room was Paul Manafort, Trumps campaign manager at the time, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, now a top White House advisor. Inside the White House a new round of finger pointing, as aides privately accuse each other of leaking the news that first sparked the uproar. Vice President Mike Pence keeping his distance, saying he hadn't yet joined the campaign when the meeting took place.
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>> So disturbing, and->> On Capitol Hill, Donald Jr.'s e-mail sparking a new flurry of activity. Both committees investigating the issue say they plan to ask Trump's son to testify, possibly setting up more blockbuster hearings, and more tough headlines for the White House.