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Junior Trump may become a handicap…

Meeting: Natalia Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr GETTY/AP

DONALD TRUMP is fiercely loyal to his family and yesterday he defended his eldest son in a tweetstorm from his golf course in Bedminster in New Jersey, aiming fire at the media.

But Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya may test family relations. The president’s children are potent political weapons. Could they also become liabilities?

By most independent ethics perspectives, Mr Trump’s namesake should have notified the FBI about a potential assault on American democracy. The problem for Trump Jr is that he left a paper trail. That could mean he’s forced to testify under oath to Congress.

Special counsel: Lawyer Ty Cobb GETTY

Jay Sekulow, Mr Trump’s lawyer, came out fighting yesterday, insisting nothing illegal had taken place. It was, he says, just opposition research.

Loyalists here also think help is on the way. On Saturday, the White House announced the appointment of Ty Cobb, a respected Washington lawyer specialising in white-collar defence, as special counsel.

The president’s base appears to be saying ‘Nyet’ to the Russia headlines, too. Some people I have spoken to even applaud Trump Jr for releasing his emails.

But from the Kremlin’s point of view, just getting a lawyer to sit down with a Trump family member will likely be seen as a coup.

Controversial travel ban is back in court

The senate majority leader has delayed a vote on dismantling Obamacare because Senator John McCain is recovering from surgery.

Republicans are dealing with a razor-thin margin and can’t afford to have anyone missing. Some remain unconvinced by the revised plan.

Another key Trump campaign policy will be on the agenda tomorrow. The administration wants to overturn a ruling by a judge in Hawaii that Mr Trump’s travel ban shouldn’t apply to the grandparents of US citizens. The Supreme Court wants a response by noon.

Rape accused settles over ‘mattress protest’

Weight: Ms Sulkowicz

Columbia University in New York has settled a lawsuit with a student accused of rape, who became the subject of a performance art piece.

Paul Nungesser was cleared by a university investigation, but his accuser Emma Sulkowicz felt the case was mishandled.

She turned her frustration into an arts thesis, carrying a mattress wherever she went on campus.

Mr Nungesser sued the university for gender discrimination, accusing it of supporting an ‘outrageous display of harassment and defamation’.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Macron has won charm offensive, hands down

Big shake: Mr Trump and Mr Macron in Paris with their wives REX

Yet again, there is speculation that Donald Trump is getting the jitters about a UK visit and that he’s told Theresa May he’ll only go if she can fix him a warm welcome.

But perhaps the prime minister has already missed the boat. After a marathon handshake, France’s Emmanuel Macron and Mr Trump showed signs of a new special relationship emerging, despite the US president’s comments about Brigitte Macron’s body.

The French leader took a risk, flattered his guest with pomp and was rewarded with a hint that Mr Trump might adjust his stance on the climate deal. Does Mrs May have such dexterity?

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