White House counselor Kellyanne Conway got in a sparring match Sunday over what "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos asserted were conflicting statements on Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer.
"The president weighed in as a father, he did not dictate the statement," Conway said about the White House's response to the meeting.
But Stephanopoulos continued to prod, saying the president's attorney Jay Sekulow and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders had different takes on how the statement was drafted. The host pointed out that Sanders said President Trump did offer input. Meanwhile Sekulow last week denied the president's involvement.
"The most important thing that press secretary Sarah Sanders said there, which was completely true, was there was no consequence to any of these meetings," Conway responded.
She went on to explain that the meeting in the summer of 2016 was "nothing" and "nonsense," adding that "it was a ridiculous meeting." Trump Jr., along with other Trump aides, attended that meeting, which was predicated on the promise of dirt on Trump's campaign rival Hillary Clinton. In July, Trump Jr. initially stated that the meeting instead focused on the issue of Russian child adoption, and later, following more reports, admitted that there was a promise of damaging information on Clinton, but that it was never really panned out.
Conway echoed that sentiment, saying these people "want to offer their services and have meetings all the time," but that in aftermath of the meeting there was "no results, no follow up."
Conway noted that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, was also in the meeting, where he texted his aide saying the meeting was a waste of time.
"If you're getting dirt on your political opponent ... you don't ask your aide to pull you out," she said.
Conway said she, as well as President Trump, "had no knowledge of that meeting" when it occurred.