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Sarah Sanders Denies Trump Was Politicizing NYC Terrorist Attack: ‘Wasn’t Going the Political Route’

During her briefing on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump politicizing the New York City attack to go after Senate Minorty Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

In response to a question from John Roberts of Fox News, Sanders said that Trump’s reaction to Tuesday’s events in New York does not stand in contrast with his response to the Las Vegas shooting massacre — in which the President called for “unity and peace” in the immediate aftermath, and did not want to entertain political arguments, namely on the subject of gun control.

“This wasn’t going the political route,” Sanders said of Trump’s Wednesday anti-Schumer Tweets. “This is something the president has been talking about for a new policy. This isn’t a new policy or conversation. The President has been talking about extreme vetting and the need for that for the purpose of protecting the citizens of this country long before he was a President. This isn’t a new argument or position. And this wasn’t new for the President to speak about it.”

NBC’s Kristen Welker followed up, moments later — asking how the administration could maintain that Trump wasn’t getting political even though he invoked Schumer’s name.

“Senator Schumer has supported these opposing policies,” Sanders said. “And I think that that is a very basic fact.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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