The White House just isn’t on the same page. It’s been an ongoing problem with the Trump administration. Typically, the White House will defend the former reality show star, then Trump will tweet something that implicates himself while throwing his staff under the bus. But this time, it was White House press secretary Sean Spicer who said the exact opposite of what the amateur president tweeted earlier to defend his son who held a meeting in 2016 with a Kremlin-connected lawyer in order to gather damaging information on his father’s rival, Hillary Clinton.
The press briefing was off-camera again. The last on-camera press briefing was held on June 29th.
“Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!” Trump tweeted this morning.
Peter Baker, White House correspondent for the New York Times, just tweeted, ‘@PressSec says “there was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe” that Don Jr. meeting wasn’t about adoption policy.’
.@PressSec says “there was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe” that Don Jr. meeting wasn’t about adoption policy.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 17, 2017
Again, though, Trump said his son “attended in order to get info on an opponent.”
Twitter users responded.
Dear @PressSec: You are lying to the American people. It is time to resign and reclaim what’s left of your dignity.
— Jennifer Taub (@jentaub) July 17, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. admitted it in the emails so there’s that, too.
Apart from the email that millions of people in the US public have now read
— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) July 17, 2017
Except the friggin SUBJECT HEADING of the emai—ohwhydoievenbother
— KB (@sorrykb) July 17, 2017
Except for the email that preceded which expressly mentioned Hillary dirt as a pretext for the meeting… These lies are beyond bold
— Shane Kai Glenn (@shanekaiglenn) July 17, 2017
Does Spicy ever talk to his boss? pic.twitter.com/SKr0QzjMjU
— Scott Springer (@scott_springer) July 17, 2017
Please god tell me somebody yelled ” But the e-mails!” at him.
— Robert K Trobich (@RKTlaw) July 17, 2017
except… except the emails he published?
— #WhereAreTheTurtles (@Lystless) July 17, 2017
The right wing narrative lately has been that collusion is not illegal so it was OK to team up with a hostile foreign government. Junior has changed his story at least four times now. Trump says he didn’t know about the meeting which was in his building while he was in New York, with his son-in-law Jared Kushner attending, along with former campaign manager Paul Manafort. And now we’re supposed to believe it was about adoption.
Flashback: The Magnitsky Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in retaliation to human rights suffered by a journalist. The journalist, Sergei Magnitsky, was beaten then died days later under mysterious circumstances. In response, Vladimir Putin banned the practice by Americans of adopting Russian children.
So, even at a stretch, if we were to believe Spicer and not Trump, the Magnitsky Act should remain law so what is there to talk about? By the way, adoption wasn’t mentioned even once in the email chain.
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