White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said President Donald Trump did “as any father would” when he helped write his eldest son’s misleading statement about his 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked.
“The statement that Don Jr. issued is true. There’s no inaccuracy in the statement,” Sanders said Tuesday. “The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had. This is all discussion of no consequence.”
The Washington Post on Monday night reported that the president dictated his son Donald Trump Jr.’s initial response about his meeting with a Russian lawyer who had promised him damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign. Instead, the initial statement characterized the meeting as a discussion about Russian adoption.
Her comments appeared to largely confirm the Post report, which could open him up to further legal scrutiny according to The Hill.
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Sanders denied that the president had dictated the statement to an assistant.
“He certainly didn’t dictate. But he weighed in, offered suggestions like any father would do,” she said.
“This is all discussion, frankly, of no consequence,” she said. “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.”
Sanders’ remarks appeared to directly contradict previous denials from attorney Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump’s outside legal team, who repeatedly denied in July that President Trump had anything to do with his son’s statement.
In a July 16 interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sekulow claimed that “the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement.”
“Apart from being of no consequence, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent,” Sekulow said Monday in a statement to the Post.