Posted with permission from dpa German Press Agency

Paris (dpa) - US President Donald Trump on Thursday defended as a usual part of politics his elder son's meeting with a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign in an apparent bid to acquire information on opponent Hillary Clinton.

"From a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting," Trump said after talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Trump stressed that "nothing happened from the meeting, zero happened from the meeting" between Donald Trump Jr and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had pledged to provide damaging information about Clinton.

Also present at that meeting were Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, Trump's then-campaign manager.

The Trump camp has consistently claimed over the past year that no one associated with the campaign had any contacts with Russians that were seeking to influence the election.