But in an interview with Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, the billionaire president nonetheless claimed his Russian counterpart would have preferred a win by the Democrat Clinton in 2016.
Akhmetshin said he has not been contacted by the special counsel's office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the meeting with Trump Jr. "And I honestly think the press made a very big deal out of something really a lot of people would do".
He continued, "This is the greatest con job in history, where a party sits down the day after they got their ass kicked, and they say, 'Huh, what's our excuse?'"
Meanwhile, House Democrats are renewing calls for a vote on an independent commission to investigate Russia's election meddling and ties to the Trump administration.
Trump also reportedly had a "a new 60-plus-inch flat-screen television" installed in the White House.
Trump's remarks came during a news conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron while Trump is visiting the longtime USA ally as part of France's Bastille Day celebration.
"The W.H.is functioning perfectly, focused on HealthCare, Tax Cuts/Reform & many other things", he tweeted, followed by the aforementioned claim.
"And that's why I say, why would he want me?" As soon as he's under oath, the first question must be, "How much of this did you tell your father?"
Asked about the meeting, Mr Trump said "politics is not the nicest business in the world" and it is standard for candidates to welcome negative information about an opponent.
"They couldn't wait for the meeting to end", he said.
"I do not consider director Mueller to be on a witch hunt".
Then on Tuesday morning the Times published the text of publicist Rob Goldstone's email: "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".
Media, you will no longer be able to warn me about anything.
Details revealed about Jared Kushner's security clearance forms showed that Mr. Trump's son-in-law and current White House senior adviser, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.
Asked if he believed Putin's denial, Trump paused.
President Donald Trump has been featured on the cover of Time Magazine over a dozen times. (The Kremlin has denied knowing either of them.) But his presence would increase suspicions that the Russian government was truly behind this, as the publicist who arranged it suggested in those emails.
"All of us agree we need to get together and find a way to make premiums affordable for the 6 percent of Americans who shop for health insurance in the marketplace", said Durbin. "She doesn't have even the slightest relation to us". Trump Jr. does not hold an official position.
Ms Vance said allegations of treason now being levelled at Trump would be hard to prosecute, but Mueller's team had other options.