President Trump on Tuesday backed up his eldest son amid revelations that Donald Trump Jr. was prepared to accept damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government.
“My son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency,” the president said in a statement read by White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Trump Jr. had earlier released emails in which he said, “I love it,” when told that he could have access to the dirt on the former first lady.
Sanders would not answer when asked whether Trump believed that The New York Times reported their existence.
She also repeatedly refused to answer reporter’s questions about Trump Jr. and stated that she stood by her statement a day earlier that no one in the White House or the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russians.
Sanders also would not say when the last time Trump and Trump Jr. spoke.
When asked about allegations from Democrats that Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer constituted treason, she replied, “I think those new words are ridiculous.”
And she called the president “frustrated” over the ongoing Congressional and special counsel probes into Russian meddling and possible ties to Team Trump.
“I think that the president is, I would say, frustrated with the process of the fact that this continues to be an issue, and he would love for us to be focused on things like the economy, on health care, on tax reform, on infrastructure, and that’s the place that his mind is, and that’s what he’d like to be discussing,” she said.