Wednesday, August 2, 2017

‘It’s a lie’: Jake Tapper scorches Trump and Jay Sekulow for misleading public over Russia meeting

As Tapper noted Tuesday, he pressed Sekulow on a New York Times report, published last month, that indicated Trump okay’d his son’s original statement about the meeting—a statement Trump Jr. was forced to clarify multiple times. “That’s not true,” Sekulow insisted in that July interview with Tapper. “The president did not sign off on a statement?” Tapper asked.

“No, he did not. The statement was issued by Donald Tump Jr.,” Sekulow said. “People can say whatever they want, but the fact is it’s just not true.”“Today, we found out from the Post that the president did more than look at Don Jr.’s misleading statement, he dictated it against the advice of his advisers who favored a full disclosure about the meetings, suspecting all the information was going to come out anyway—which it did.” Tapper said.“You, as a citizen, you should expect a much higher standard of truth than the one that the White House press secretary just enunciated,” Tapper continued. “If a meeting takes place so campaign officials can get dirt on a political rival from the Russian government, describing that meeting as being about adoption and not mentioning the purpose of the meeting. It’s not true. It’s inaccurate. It’s so misleading as to be a lie.” “You as a citizen, you have every right to wonder: why would the president hide the truth and be inaccurate about this?” Tapper added. “Why would he want to hide from you the facts of this meeting which they insist was innocent? And, as always, what does any of this have to do with making america great again?”

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