White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday, "I believe he was making a joke at the time". 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.
Despite the departure of Comey, who believes that he was sacked because of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, the bureau is continuing its process.
These new revelations may prove risky for Trump - some advisers, according to the Post, worry that the president's actions could place him in legal hot water.
The Post says that it is the president who has himself dictated this statement to his son.
The White House did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on the Post story, nor did Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas. The information was offered as part of "Russia and its government's support" for the Trump campaign. Once the story broke, Trump's own lawyer went to the media and denied that the president was involved in the drafting of the misleading statement.
Putin derides 'illegal' sanctions and Russian Federation probe as 'hysteria'
If passed by the Senate as expected, the bill would be sent to the White House for Trump to sign or veto. The sanctions measure has already passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-3.
Remember that first claim about how Jr.'s meeting with Russians at Trump tower was about adoption and ultimately inconsequential?
The discussions among the president's advisers consumed much of the day, and they continued as they prepared to board Air Force One that evening for the flight home.
Officials say the timetable laid out for reform is aggressive, and hinted the White House might prefer steeper tax cuts even if they're only temporary.
The adviser said Trump was treating the entire situation as a political problem - when it is also potentially a legal one, involving several congressional investigations and a Department of Justice special counsel probe led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Before Sanders' comments White House officials had declined to say if they had a response to multiple police departments criticizing Trump's law-and-order speech in NY.
Meanwhile, Trump is likely to continue getting himself deeper and deeper into shit. When you, as a White House staffer, continue to have to put up with the boss's unpredictable whims and furthering of unhelpful story lines (i.e. Russian Federation was on my mind when I fired FBI Director James B. Comey), it's liable to lead to this kind of leaking.