The president dictated a misleading statement issued by Donald Trump Jr. about his ill-fated meeting with Russian lawyers last year, it has been claimed.
The Washington Post reports that it was the president who told Donald Jr. to claim in his statement that the subject of the June 2016 meeting was the ban on US adoptions in Russia.
According to the report, Donald Jr. and people he sought advice from wanted to come clean and admit that the premise of the meeting was for him to receive campaign dirt on his father's election opponent Hillary Clinton.
But sources who are familiar with the matter said the president intervened and told his son to claim that he took the meeting innocently and to tell The New York Times it was 'not a campaign issue at the time'.
Trump allegedly gave the instruction on board Air Force One while he was flying back from the G-20 summit.
'It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.
'I was asked to