Top Trump Aides Fear that His Reckless Tweeting About Russia Poses Real Risks: Report
Several of President Donald Trump's top aides fear that his frantic and reckless tweeting about the Russia investigation — in particular, his recent comments about the infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign — risks inflating the story and extending its life, according to a new report from CNN.
Those aides told the president to stop tweeting about the meeting, CNN reports. These warnings appear to be prompted by Trump's tweet on Sunday morning.
That meeting, which was arranged by Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is reported to be a focus of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential conspiracy with the Trump campaign. Trump Jr. took the meeting after being promised dirt on Hillary Clinton provided by the Russian government in order to help his father's campaign.
"Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower," Trump wrote. "This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!"
While Trump and his surrogates have made similar claims before, many observers noted that the tweet appears to be evidence of criminal activity — that is, soliciting valuable campaign assistance from a foreign power.
CNN reports that other recent tweets from the president, including those attacking special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation, didn't trigger the same warnings from Trump's staff.