AP’s Jon Lemire to Sarah Sanders in Tense Briefing Exchange: Why Won’t Trump Denounce Russia Like He Did Iran?


On the heels of President Donald Trump‘s fiery, all-caps tweet against Iran, the White House Press corps wanted to know: Where’s the tough talk on Russia?

During Monday’s White House press briefing, the Washington Post‘s Philip Rucker asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the president’s Sunday tweet once again deeming Russian election interference to be a hoax — a conclusion which stands at odds with the U.S. intelligence community.

“As the president has said many times, and stated it over and over again…we maintain that Russia interfered into the elections,” Sanders said. “The president, however, very much so, and has repeatedly [said] — as, again, have the rest of us — that his campaign colluding in that process is a total hoax.”

And then Jon Lemire of the AP put this blunt question to Sanders:

“The president has very forcefully spoken out against Iran, he’s very forcefully spoken out against North Korea. He has said that he will forcefully speak against any threat to the United States. Russian election interference is a threat to our democracy. Why will he not forcefully denounce that?”

“The president has been incredibly tough on Russia,” Sanders said — reverting to her standard answer on the topic.

She added, “I’m not sure why that is so hard for the media to write about. We have repeated it time and time again. The policy that the president — since day one in office — has been extremely tough on Russia more so than any other country.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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