During a Tuesday press briefing, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer questions about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails which revealed that he met with a Russian lawyer who was working in cahoots with the Russian government to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. If it were possible, Sanders did enough stonewalling to build Trump’s border wall.
Trump Jr. a high-quality person?
Rather than answer any meaningful questions, she read aloud Trump’s official statement in which he said “my son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency.” She refused to answer questions about Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in which he was told was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
And it says something about dad when you consider that he thinks his son is “high quality” for seeking to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign. For most people, “high quality” isn’t the phrase that comes to mind regarding this situation.
Instead, Sanders continually referred questions to Trump Jr.’s personal attorney, Raw Story reports.
And she had this to say:
“I will refer everything on this matter to Donald Trump Jr.’s outside counsel.”
Then she was later asked by a reporter whether the younger Trump’s emails showed any evidence of collusion with the Russian government, but once again, she demurred, saying “I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but on all questions related to this matter I would refer you to Don Jr.’s counsel.”
So she didn’t want to sound like a broken record, but she wound up doing just that anyway.
Then one reporter asked her if Trump was telling the truth when he insistently repeated that none of his campaign staffers had contact with Russian government officials.
Guess what she said:
“To repeat myself, I will refer you to the outside counsel, and I do not have anything else to add.”
Another reporter asked what would constitute collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials and once again Sanders replied (wait for it…) “I said all we are going to say on that, anything else, you have to reach out to outside counsel.”
She did take time to note that Trump is frustrated by the onslaught of Russia stories, Politico reports.
“The president is, I would say, frustrated with the process that this continues to be an issue, and he would love for us to be focused on things” like the economy and the country’s failing infrastructure.
She also refuted reports that Vice President Mike Pence is distancing himself from the controversy. He is “not focused on stories about the campaign, particularly stories about the time before he joined the ticket,” according to a statement provided by Pence’s spokesperson on Tuesday.
Sanders had this to say:
“There’s absolutely no distance between the president and the vice president.”
And once again, there were no cameras allowed at the briefing, which lasted less than 22 minutes. However, you can listen to the exchange below.
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