A lot of people are making a lot out of this:
Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower. This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
My continued belief is that Giuliani's dual claims that "there was no collusion" and "collusion is not a crime" are both basically correct, though Trump Jr.'s boneheaded Trump Tower meeting borders on the former (although "collusion" means nothing as a term of law). That doesn't mean the story is politically without impact.
A year ago, Trump did acknowledge that the meeting was about trying to get opposition research so this isn't as much of a revelation as some people are making it out to be. That said, it's his clearest statement yet. And yet, it's slightly unclear in the sense that if the meeting was totally legal and not even worth mentioning, then why is it worth reemphasizing that he didn't know about it?
Second, on a pet peeve issue of mine, Trump continues to show that he does not understand even basic things about tariffs:
....Tariffs will make our country much richer than it is today. Only fools would disagree. We are using them to negotiate fair trade deals and, if countries are still unwilling to negotiate, they will pay us vast sums of money in the form of Tariffs. We win either way......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018
Tariffs will make most Americans poorer if they don't go away. But the bigger point is that he doesn't seem to understand that the tariffs imposed by his administration are paid by Americans, not by our foreign trading partners.
If you go to the story and by a hammer that's made in China and get charged sales tax, which makes your $10 hammer $10.75, what would you say to the politician who said that the tax was a great way to get money from the foreign supplier of the hammer? Yeah, that's what I thought.