Sebastian Gorka says Trump Jr.'s meeting isn't a big deal: That's "what political campaigns do"

Gorka insisted the story on Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer was a "massive nothing burger"

Published July 11, 2017 11:34AM (EDT)

Sebastian Gorka   (Getty/Alex Wong)
Sebastian Gorka (Getty/Alex Wong)

The deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, Sebastian Gorka, argued on Tuesday that when Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer — who allegedly has connections to the Kremlin — in order to gather damaging information on political opponent Hillary Clinton, it's just "what political campaigns do."

Gorka insisted that other stories be talked about, such as the 126 supposed leaks from within the Trump administration "of national security importance in the first 125 days," he told Alisyn Camerota on CNN's "New Day." Gorka continued to pivot and attempted to redirect the conversation, even bashing CNN's ratings and reminding them they are lower than the channel "Nick at Nite."He did the same thing when he was interviewed by Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC on Tuesday, insisting that she ask him questions on the recent liberation of Mosul, a major stronghold for the Islamic State recently taken back by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces.

Gorka also continued to call the story regarding the president's eldest son a "massive nothing burger" and explained that during the meeting that took place, the topic had changed to something different than expected and that no further contact was made between the involved parties "because this individual did not meet in good faith," Gorka said, speaking about Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Veselnitskaya was interviewed by NBC, and Ruhle pressed Gorka on the fact that the lawyer had said Trump's eldest son desperately wanted the information regarding Clinton. When asked if he thought Veselnitskaya was lying, Gorka responded, "I have no idea, I never met the woman." He then attempted to change the topic and discuss how "Democratic Party operatives went to the Ukrainian Embassy to coordinate oppositional researches and attacks against our campaign."

By Charlie May

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