President Trump released a brief statement Tuesday in response to his son's decision to release four pages of emails related to his 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney.

"My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency," Trump said in a statement read by Sarah Sanders, White House deputy press secretary.

Sanders declined to answer questions about the emails, which suggested Trump Jr. accepted a meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney who he believed possessed "sensitive" information about Hillary Clinton.

"I know you guys are going to get tired of it today," Sanders told reporters at the White House. "On all questions related to this, I would refer you to Don Jr.'s counsel."

Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and a senior adviser, was copied on the emails Trump Jr. published on Tuesday.

Sanders declined to discuss whether the revelation has affected Kushner's security clearance.

Trump Jr.'s attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comments.

After Vice President Mike Pence's office released a statement highlighting the fact that Trump Jr.'s meeting took place weeks before Pence joined the ticket, Sanders dismissed speculation that the vice president was attempting to distance himself from the embattled White House.

"There's absolutely no distance between the president and the vice president," Sanders said.

The White House spokeswoman acknowledged that she had discussed the revelation with Trump within the past 24 hours.

"I think that the president is, I would say, frustrated with the process of that fact that this continues to be an issue, and he would love for us to be focused on the economy," she said.

Sanders declined to specify whether it was Trump's personal lawyer, the White House communications shop or other aides who ultimately decided how to handle questions about the Trump Jr. emails on Tuesday.

"All the appropriate parties were part of the conversation" about how to respond to questions, Sanders said.