'The President Was Clear Through His Tweet' Spicer Says in His First Press Conference in 3 Weeks
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Even after Donald Trump Jr. released the emails that prove he met with several Russians last year with the expressed goal of obtaining "dirt" on his father's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, the White House is still defending the president's son's original story, that the meeting was about Russian adoptions. That story was wholly debunked the moment Donald Trump Jr. posted the emails last week.
But that's not what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday afternoon.
Referring to President Trump's own tweet from just hours ago, one reporter asked Spicer, "who's right?", FBI director nominee Christopher Wray, who said the right course of action is to contact the FBI, or Pres. Trump., who said "any politician" would have taken the meeting with the Russians.
"The president was clear through his tweet," Spicer said, adding, "there was nothing as far as we know of that would lead anyone to believe there was anything except for a discussion about adoption and the Magnitsky Act," Spicer said, erroneously pronouncing the law's name.
Trump Jr.'s meeting, of course, wasn't about "adoption policy," as both President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have made exceptionally clear on this, the tenth day of this scandal.
Spicer: There's nothing we know of that'd lead anyone to believe Trump Jr.'s meeting wasn't about adoption policy https://t.co/5OqNnWwtIc— CNN (@CNN) July 17, 2017
Some responses via Twitter:
...except everything we know.— David & Josh (@RockandLedge) July 17, 2017
Unbelievable. Sean Spicer just said the Trump Jr meeting was about adoption.— Tiffany Borrine (@borrinet) July 17, 2017
Un-focking-believable. That was like 4 lies ago!
Let's not let facts get in the way of an awful lie.— Marc Hertz (@mhertz) July 17, 2017
In case you wanted to hear the utterly ridiculous statement with your own ears…. https://t.co/XOX7zMDIl5— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) July 17, 2017
Has Spicer not checked in with the news cycle since last Saturday? POTUS, Don Jr., various allies copped to purpose being dirt on Clinton https://t.co/pcyEoFf7Uq— Catherine Thompson (@KT_thomps) July 17, 2017
It's really kind of amazing that Spicer would get out there and lie about this even after Trump openly admitted the opposite.— Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 17, 2017
More lies & alternative facts from the White House. What part of Trump Jr.'s email did you not read, Sean? It states Russian involvement!— James (@JamesSNYC) July 17, 2017
RUSSIA: Let’s collude to help your dad— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) July 17, 2017
DON JR: Yay! Paul, Jared pls come to this collusion meeting
SPICER: We thought it was about adoption
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