White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday defended President Trump for helping craft his son’s statement about his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.
“The statement that Don Jr. issued is true,” she said of Donald Trump Jr. at a White House press briefing. “There’s no inaccuracy in the statement.”
“The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had,” Sanders added.
Sanders also criticized Democrats and the news media for repeatedly focusing on possible ties between President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia.
“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,” Sanders continued.
“The Democrats want to continue to use this as a P.R. stunt and are doing everything they can to keep this story alive and in the papers every single day.”
Some Twitter users on Tuesday mocked President Trump for reportedly helping his eldest son respond to media reports.
Other people on the social media platform defended the Trumps for the purported meeting during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Washington Post reported Monday that President Trump dictated a statement about his son’s June 2016 meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya last month.
The statement ultimately said that Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s statement, which was sent to the New York Times as it prepared an article last month, said the meeting’s subject was “not a campaign issue at the time.”
The claims are seemingly misleading after Donald Trump Jr. in July tweeted out an email chain confirming he met Veselnitskaya for damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, ultimately lost the White House to President Trump last November.
President Trump has since called federal probes of potential collusion between his 2016 bid and Russia a “witch hunt” against him and his administration.