President Trump’s decision to hide the truth about Donald Trump Junior’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was wrong and begs the question whether he had an ulterior motive, infers David A. Graham. Either Trump is guilty of accusations of collusion with Russia, or he is innocent and highly incompetent. The White House staff strongly advised against covering up the meeting, but the U.S. president decided to do so anyway. He told his son what story to tell the public, which collapsed once Donald Junior released the original email exchange. If he is innocent, he could have been transparent and allowed the truth to be found out.
President Trump did what any other father would have done to protect his son’s reputation, claims White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. According to her Democrats have opportunistically seized on this affair to exaggerate theories of allegation with Russia, for which there is still no proof. The story ends after Trump advised his son. Everything was reported to the relevant parties, which is why the press caught on to it. The president didn’t do anything condemnable, but his political opponents are trying to make it appear so. He was offering help to Trump Junior, not doing anything amoral.