On Monday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump dictated the response to the report that the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the 2016 election.
The statement said that Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children” and that it was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
However, that statement was later proved to be misleading, as it was learned that Trump Jr. took the meeting only after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
At the White House Press Briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders conceded that the president “weighed in as any father would” but denied that Trump dictated the message.
“He certainly didn’t dictate, but like I said, he weighed in. He offered suggestions like any father would do,” Sanders said.
Sanders’s concession that the president weighed in on the response to his son’s meeting contradicts the words of Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, who stated on multiple news programs that the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement.
On “Meet the Press,” he told host Chuck Todd, “I do want to be clear ― the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement.”
Sanders also reiterated the White House’s position that the statement from Trump Jr. was true.
“The statement Don Jr. issued is true,” she said. “There is no inaccuracy in the statement. The president weighed in as any father would do based on the limited information that he had.”
Continuing, Sanders also restated the position of the administration that the investigation into the alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is a “witch hunt” and that there needs to be more media scrutiny over Hillary Clinton’s actions with foreign governments during the election.
Currently, however, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, as well as multiple committees in Congress, are investigating the coordination allegations of the Trump campaign that reportedly include a possible obstruction of justice investigation into the president himself over his firing of now-former FBI Director James Comey.