Trump: Son's Meeting with Russian Lawyer 'Very Standard' Meeting That Most Politicians 'Probably Would Have Taken'

By Melanie Arter | July 13, 2017 | 7:04 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - President Donald Trump said Thursday that his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer was "standard" protocol in politics and something the media has "made a very big deal over."

During a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Trump was asked about FBI Director Nominee Christopher Wray's testimony at his Senate confirmation hearing that if someone on the campaign got an email about Russia like the won Donald Trump, Jr. received, they should alert the FBI rather than accept the meeting.

"First of all, I believe that we will have a great FBI director. I think he's doing really well, and we're very proud of that choice. I think I've done a great service to the country by choosing him. He will make us all proud, and I think some day we'll see that, and hopefully some day soon, so we're very proud of him," Trump said.

"As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer - not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer," Trump said.

"It was a short meeting. It was a meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast. Two other people in the room, they -- I guess one of them left almost immediately, and the other one was not really focused on the meeting," he said.

Trump said most people in politics "would have taken that meeting," which he called "opposition research."

"I do think this. I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. It's called opposition research or even research into your opponent. I've had many people - I have only been in politics for two years, but I've had many people call up - 'Oh, gee. We have information on this factor or this person, or frankly Hillary," the president said.

"That's very standard in politics. Politics is not the nicest business in the world, but it's very standard where they have information, and you take the information," Trump added.

The president said ":nothing happened from the meeting" where the two talked about adoption among other things even though adoption wasn't a campaign issue.

"In the case of Don, he listened. I guess they talked about - as I see it - they talked about adoption and some things. Adoption wasn't even part of the campaign, but nothing happened from the meeting. Zero happened from the meeting. And, honestly, I think the press made a very big deal over something that, really, a lot of people would do," he said.

"Now, the lawyer that went to the meeting, I see that she was in the halls of Congress, also. Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch. Now, maybe that's wrong. I just heard that a little while ago, but a little surprised to hear that, so she was here because of Lynch," Trump said.

The president said his son's meeting with the Russian lawyer was "a meeting that most people in politics probably would have taken."