"There's no inaccuracy in the statement", said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The White House downplayed a new Washington Post report that President Trump personally dictated his eldest son's misleading statement about meeting with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign.
"This is a discussion, frankly, of no effect", she added, noting that "there was no follow up" from the meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort with Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and others.
Trump attorneys had repeatedly denied any involvement with the statement, but that's now changed.
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"The statement that Don Jr. issued is true", Sanders said. That statement turned out to be misleading. "It was a disclosed to the proper parties", she said. The Times reported that Trump Jr. accepted the meeting in hopes that it would yield damaging information on Hillary Clinton, and Trump Jr. said it had not.
Hours later, Trump became involved, and switched gears, dictating the statement himself.
On July 8, Trump Jr. responded to a New York Times story about the meeting by explaining that those in attendance "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children" and that before the encounter, he was not aware of the identity of the person he would be meeting. And she accused Democrats of focusing on a "phony" Russian Federation story to advance political goals."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", Sanders said.
"The president didn't sign off on anything", Sekulow said during a recent "Good Morning America" appearance, denying the Times reporting on the matter.