The White House says President Trump first learned of his son’s 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney in “the last couple of days.”
“I believe in the last couple of days, is my understanding,” deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing Monday when asked about the meeting.
“Don Jr. took a very short meeting from which there was absolutely no follow-up,” she added of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting during last year’s presidential campaign.
“I’ve been on several campaigns and people call offering information. As I know, many of you receive similar calls of people offering information.”
Some Twitter users on Monday criticized Huckabee Sanders’s trustworthiness during Monday’s briefing, which occurred off-camera.
Unfortunate that "Sarah Huckabee Sanders" denying that there was collusion or saying anything means NOTHING since they LIE all the time— Me (@AlwaysGrowing00) July 10, 2017
"Sarah Huckabee Sanders" What if Trump Jr met with a Polish Lawyer? Why has the Media turned into Anti Russian bigots?— Mari Shetler (@narrow_path) July 10, 2017
Huckabee Sanders added during Monday’s briefing that the media should examine the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) work with the Ukrainian embassy last year.
“This is not an accusation,” she said of the DNC’s moves during the 2016 presidential race. “This is an on the record action that they took.”
“So if you’re looking for coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC, who actually coordinated opposition research with the Ukrainian embassy.”
Donald Trump Jr. on Monday tweeted that he would be “happy” to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his meeting with a Russian attorney during the 2016 race.
The New York Times reported Sunday that that Donald Trump Jr. met Natalia Veselnitskaya in 2016 after he was promised damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya have since denied they discussed last year’s White House race, with the former claiming they talked about U.S. adoptions of Russian children instead.