Sarah Sanders Confronted Over Her Prior Comments POTUS ‘Certainly Didn’t Dictate’ Trump Tower Statement
Sarah Huckabee Sanders ducked behind a wall during Monday’s press briefing when confronted with her statement from last year that President Trump “certainly didn’t dictate” the now-infamous Trump Tower statement, an assertion since directly contradicted by Trump’s own outside counsel.
In a briefing in 2017, Sanders answered the question about whether the statement given by Donald Trump Jr. was written or dictated by President Trump.
Q: 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…
Q: Can you clarify the degree to which the President weighed in?
SANDERS: He certainly didn’t dictate, but he––like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion like any father would do.
In today’s briefing, Sanders was confronted with that statement, which was, according to the letter sent from Trump’s legal team to Robert Mueller, false.
She was first asked by Jordan Fabian from The Hill:
FABIAN: I want to ask you about the lawyer’s letter to the special counsel. You said last August that the president did not dictate a statement about the Trump Tower meeting during the campaign, but the lawyers wrote to the special counsel that the president did dictate that statement. What’s the reason for that discrepancy?
SANDERS: Like you said, this is from a letter from the outside counsel, and I direct you to them to answer that question.
FABIAN: Any information?
SANDERS Once again, you’re referencing a letter that came directly from outside counsel, I would refer you to them to answer that question.
She was then asked again by Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post:
DAWSEY: If you’re saying one thing from the podium, that it wasn’t dictated by the president, and his lawyers are saying something entirely different, contradicting you… how are we supposed to know what to believe? How can believe what you’re saying from the podium if his lawyers are saying it’s entirely inaccurate?
SANDERS: Once again, I can’t comment on a letter from the President’s outside counsel, and I direct you to them to answer it.
DAWSEY: Sarah, the words are you literally, you said he did not dictate, the lawyers said he did. Which is it?
SANDERS: I’m not going to respond to a letter from the President’s outside counsel. We’ve purposely walled off, and I would refer you to them for comment.
You can watch both clips above, via CNN.
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