"The statement that Don Jr. issued is true," Sanders said. "There's no inaccuracy in the statement. The President weighed in as any father would, based on the limited information that he had."
"There was no follow-up. It was a disclosed to the proper parties," she said. "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. The President, the American people, they voted America first, not Russia first, and that's the focus of our administration."
But shortly after that first report, it was shown the initial statement was misleading. 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. After the Times obtained an email chain showing an acquaintance, Rob Goldstone, offered Trump Jr. a meeting where he could obtain information as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign, Trump Jr. posted the emails online.
Asked directly if the President was involved in the statement from Trump Jr., in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" July 12, Sekulow said, "No. That was written by Donald Trump, Jr. and I'm sure with consultation with his lawyer."
Cuomo followed up citing the Times reporting that the President approved the statement, and Sekulow said that story was wrong. "Well, they're incorrect," he said, later adding, "is that shocking that they sometimes make a mistake?"
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