President Donald Trump speaks during a rally, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Lewis Center, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: Trump appears to change his story about meeting

August 05, 2018 - 6:11 pm

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and his comments about a meeting campaign officials and Russians at Trump Tower. (all times local):

7 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel's investigation.

Trump tweeted that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. But 13 months ago, the president gave a far different explanation for the meeting, saying it was about the adoption of Russian children.

The misdirection came amid a series of searing tweets sent from Trump's New Jersey golf club.

Trump's critics immediately pounced on the new story, the latest of several versions of events about a meeting for which emails were discovered between the president's eldest son and an intermediary from the Russian government offering damaging information about Trump's opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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10:04 a.m.

President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on two of his favorite targets: the special counsel Russia probe and the news media.

Trump, who is on a working vacation at his New Jersey golf club, began Sunday with a series of searing tweets.

He defended calling the media "The Enemy of the People," and said journalists "purposely cause great division & distrust" and can "cause War!"

Trump then particularly went after recent reporting about Robert Mueller's probe into possible links between his campaign and Russian officials, particularly stories on how he may be concerned about his eldest son's legal exposure.

And Trump once again defended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer saying it was "totally legal" and that he didn't know about it.

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