White House press secretary Sarah Sanders attacked the press on Tuesday for continuing to push the "misleading" story that President Trump's team colluded with Russia to win the election.
"The only thing I see misleading is a year's worth of stories that have been fueling a false narrative about this Russia collusion, a phony scandal based on anonymous sources," Sanders said after being asked how much Trump helped his son write a statement about a meeting he had last year with a Russian lawyer.
"You guys are focused on a meeting that Don Jr. had no consequence," she said. "[T]he Democrats actually colluded with a foreign government, like Ukraine, the Democrat-linked firm Fusion GPS actually took money from the Russian government while it created the phony dossier that's been the basis for all of the Russia scandal fake news."
.@SarahHuckabee: The only thing I see misleading is year's worth of stories that have been fueling a false narrative about Russia collusion. pic.twitter.com/BDzIaiHzNU— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 1, 2017
"And if you want to talk further about a relationship with Russia, look no further than the Clintons," Sanders said. "As we've said time and time again, Bill Clinton was paid $500,000 to give a speech to a Russian bank and was personally thanked by Putin for it."
"Hillary Clinton allowed one-fifth of America's uranium reserve to be sold to a Russian firm whose investors were Clinton Foundation donors, and the Clinton campaign chairman's brother lobbied against sanctions on Russia's largest bank and failed to report it," she said. "If you guys want to talk about having relations, which you seem obsessed with doing, look no further than there."
"If you want to talk about somebody who's actually been tough on Russia, look at President Trump. He wants more fracking, more coal, more energy, a stronger military, a stronger defense. Those things aren't good for Russia."
"I think the distinctions are very clear," she concluded. "You guys want to create a narrative that just doesn't exist."