President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that the current mood in the White House is "fantastic", despite recent pressure following allegations surrounding his son's involvement with Russian Federation during last year's election campaign.
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday urged Trump's eldest son to testify to a congressional committee about the alleged links between Trump's election team and Russian Federation.
"So he could be a tremendous guy, but he's going to do what's good for China", Trump said, adding, "I understand the other side". "But don't forget: he's for China, I'm for the United States".
"Seems like a clear violation of protocol for this question not to go to an American journalist", Jonathan Lemire, a White House reporter for the Associated Press, tweeted.
The first USA question went to Cecilia Vega, an ABC News reporter, who questioned Trump about the Russian Federation collusion investigation.
"Most of the phony politicians who are Democrats who I watched over the last couple of days - most of those phonies that act holier-than-thou, if the same thing happened to them, they would have taken that meeting in a heartbeat", he said.
Senator Ron Wyden, a Democratic member of the intelligence committee, said it was odd that senior members of Trump's campaign attended the meeting but that Trump himself said he knew nothing about it until recently.
"We are being absolutely devastated by bad trade deals", Trump told reporters. It was a short meeting.
Near the end of a joint press conference, France's president called for one last question from an American reporter, only to be ignored by President Trump who then selected a reporter from "Phoenix TV of China" instead.
Trump said it was normal in U.S. politics for campaign teams to look into allegations about their opponents, as his son agreed to do before the meeting in June 2016.