Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary said today during a press conference that President Donald Trump “weighed in on” Donald Trump Jr.’s reply regarding his son’s meeting with a group of Russians in June, 2016.
The Washington Post reported on Monday that President Trump personally drafted Donald Trump Jr.’s response to the meeting. Donald Trump Jr. had previously characterized the meeting as being centered on the Magnitsky Act and the adoption of Russian children by U.S. families (which Russia has banned since December 2012).
Donald Trump Jr. later released emails which documented Rob Goldstone arranged the meetings in order “to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”
When asked by a reporter if “the President tried to change the narrative of what went down in Don Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer”, Ms. Sanders replied, “Look, the statement that Don Jr. issued is true. There’s no inaccuracy in the statement. The President weighed in as any father would, based on the limited information that he had. This is all discussion, frankly, of no consequence. There was no follow-up. It was disclosed to the proper parties, which is how the New York Times found out about it to begin with. The Democrats want to continue to use this as a PR stunt and are doing everything they can to keep this story alive and in the papers every single day. The President, the American people — they voted America first, not Russia first, and that’s the focus of our administration.