From Tuesday's briefing with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
QUESTION: Sarah, according to the Washington Post, the president tried to change the narrative of what went down in Don Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer. Can you address that story and tell us did the president really try to do that?
SANDERS: Look, the statement that Don Jr. issued is true. There's no inaccuracy in the statement.
The president weighed in as any father would, based on the limited information that he had.
This is all discussion, frankly, of no consequence. 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.
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. The president, the American people, they voted America first, not Russia first. And that's the focus of our administration.
QUESTION: Can you clarify the degree to which the president weighed in?
SANDERS: He didn't -- he certainly didn't dictate. But, you know, he -- like I said, he weighed in, offered a suggestion like any father would do.
QUESTION: Did he not know what his...
SANDERS: Steven (ph)?
QUESTION: I will follow up on that.
Was he aware at the time that Don Jr. had had a meeting that was based on the pretext that he would be promised information that was negative about Hillary Clinton when he suggested that the statement only say that the meeting was primarily about Russian adoption policy?
SANDERS: Like I said, the statement that was issued was true and there were no inaccuracies in the statement.
I think what the bigger question is -- everybody wants to try to make this some story about misleading. The only thing I see misleading is a year's worth of stories that have been fueling a false narrative about this Russia collusion and based -- a phony scandal based on anonymous sources.
And I think that is -- if we're going to talk about misleading, that's the only thing misleading I see in this entire process.
QUESTION: I would like to...
SANDERS: You guys are focused on a meeting that Don Jr. had no consequence, when the Democrats actually colluded with a foreign government like Ukraine. The Democrat-linked firm Fusion GPS actually took money from the Russian government while it created the phony dossier that's been the basis for all of the Russia scandal fake news.
And if you want to talk further about a relationship with Russia, look no further than the Clintons. As we've said time and time again, Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, and was personally thanked by Putin for it.
Hillary Clinton allowed one-fifth of America's uranium to -- reserve to be sold to a Russian firm whose investors were Clinton Foundation donors. And the Clinton campaign chairman's brother lobbied against sanctions on Russia's largest bank and failed to report it.
If you guys want to talk about having relations, which you seem obsessed with doing, look no further than there.
If you want to talk about somebody who's actually been tough on Russia, look at President Trump. He wants more fracking, more coal, more energy, a stronger military, a stronger defense. Those things aren't good for Russia.
I think the distinctions are very clear and you guys want to create a narrative that just doesn't exist.