"I'm assuming that was between Mr. Donald Trump Jr., between Don Jr. and his lawyer".
"The president's been very outspoken on the need for a massive overhaul to the country's infrastructure, and that certainly is still a priority, both legislative and in any capacity that he has the ability to carry that out", Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing.
Still, Kelly's success in a chaotic White House will depend on how much authority he is granted and whether Trump's dueling aides will put aside their rivalries to work together.
The statement said the meeting was about adoptions, not politics.
"Apart from being of no effect, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate, and not pertinent", Sekulow said in his statement to The Post. They agreed the best move was to release a statement "to get ahead of the story", reported the Post.
In response to New York Times reporting that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign, President Donald Trump dictated a misleading statement for his son, The Washington Post reported Monday evening.
Trump Jr. released emails in July that showed he eagerly agreed previous year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father.
The Trump White House has a habit of being particularly nasty, condescending, or snide to veteran White House correspondent April Ryan.
Sanders said Tuesday the president "weighed in as any father would based on the limited information that he had".
Sen. Dick Durbin of IL tells CNN he voted for Kelly for Homeland Security secretary, wanted to work with him in that role, and now in his new position.
Sekulow said at the time: "I wasn't involved in the statement drafting at all, nor was the President".
President Donald Trump's spokeswoman says Trump's new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, was let go because the president thinks his recent off-color remarks to the New Yorker were "inappropriate". He said "when the president is talking economy he's in a winning spot".
One of Trump's attorneys, Jay Sekulow, said in response to the report: "Apart from being of no outcome, the characterizations are misinformed, inaccurate and not pertinent".
Trump Jr. did not respond to the newspaper's comment requests, while his attorney said he and Trump Jr.