WH says weighed in on Jr's statement 'as a father'

The White House backed up a misleading statement issued by Donald Jr. about his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer, saying Monday the president weighed in 'as a father' to help craft it. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pushed back on a report that the president personally dictated the statement – but made no effort to deny that he participated in its crafting – before going on a long harangue about the media's constant focus on the Russia story.

It also contradicted a June statement by the president's attorney that he played no role in the creation of the statement. 

'The statement that Don Jr. issued is true. There’s no inaccuracy in the statement,' she said. 'The president weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had.'

Asked about a report that dictated the statement, Sanders – who said she didn't participate in the crafting of the statement – said: 'He certainly didn't dictate, but, you know, like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion like any father would do.' 

President Trump dictated his son Donald Trump Jr.'s misleading statement on the nature of his meeting with a Kremlin lawyer, it has been claimed 

President dictated his son Donald Jr.'s misleading statement on the nature of his meeting with a Kremlin lawyer, it has been claimed 

The Washington Post reported that the president dictated a misleading statement issued by Donald Jr. about his ill-fated meeting with Russian lawyers last year, reporting that it was the president who told Donald Jr. to claim in his statement that the subject of the June 2016 meeting was the ban on US adoptions in Russia.

According to the report, Donald Jr. and people he sought advice from wanted to come clean and admit that the premise of the meeting was for him to receive campaign dirt on his father's election opponent

The latest White House take diverges from a July statement by 's lawyer, Jay Sekulow. 

Sekulow told NBC's 'Meet the Press' on July 16: 'I do want to be clear ― the president was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement,' he said. 

US President Donald Trump attends a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017

US President Donald attends a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2017

President Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow denied that President Trump was involved in the drafting of a statement by Donald Trump Jr. about Trump Jr.'s June meeting with Russians

President lawyer Jay Sekulow denied that President was involved in the drafting of a statement by Donald Jr. about Jr.'s June meeting with Russians

Sanders said there were 'no inaccuracies' in Jr.'s statement - which stated that participants 'primarily discussed' a program about adoption of Russian children.

What the statement didn't say is that it got set up after the promise of dirt on , after an approach by a music publicist who claimed Russian government support for Donald

Sources who are familiar with the matter said the president intervened and told his son to claim that he took the meeting innocently and to tell The New York Times it was 'not a campaign issue at the time,' according to the Post.

allegedly gave the instruction before flying back from the G-20 summit on July 8. 

According to the Post, the president's lawyers, lawyers working for Jared Kushner and senior White House aides including Hope Hicks, deliberated about how to handle the story as more requests for information about the meeting came to them. 

They reportedly decided on a transparent approach and, sources said, Kushner's team even advocated sharing the email chain that Donald Jr. would later reveal. 

THE STATEMENT  

'It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.

'I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.'

They were 'overruled' by the president, as the Post puts it, when The New York Times approached the administration on the story and Donald Jr.'s statement claiming the meeting was about adoptions, was sent out. 

A member of the president's legal

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