President Trump with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Monday. Mr. Trump posted a defense on Twitter of his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. (Credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)
President Trump with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Monday. Mr. Trump posted a defense on Twitter of his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. (Credit: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

He ran on a promise to end politics as usual.

But on Monday morning, President Trump posted a defense on Twitter of his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer promising sensitive government information that could be damaging to Hillary Clinton by saying that it was simply politics as usual.

In Mr. Trump’s newest tweet about his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a meeting on June 9, 2016, at Trump Tower, he described the gathering as routine and something almost anyone in politics would have wanted to attend.

“Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent,” Mr. Trump wrote just after 10 a.m. “That’s politics!”

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, repeated the president’s assertion in a briefing later in the day, adding that politics did not even come up during the meeting.

“It is quite often for people who are given information during the heat of a campaign to ask what that is,” Mr. Spicer told reporters during a briefing at which cameras were banned. “That’s what simply he did. The president’s made it clear through his tweet.”

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