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Sarah Sanders Says Trump Will Discuss Helping Russia Question Former US Ambassador

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that President Donald Trump will discuss “with his team” whether or not to help Russia prosecute former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

“Russia’s already yesterday named several Americans who they want to question who they claim were involved in, quote, unquote, crimes, in their terms, including a former ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul. Does President Trump support that idea? Is he open to having US officials questioned by Russia?” asked the New York Times’ star White House reporter Maggie Haberman.

“The president is going to meet with his team and we’ll let you know when we have an announcement on that,” replied Sanders, who was fielding questions from reporters during the first White House press briefing since July 2.

“Is that a topic that came up in their conversation?” Haberman pushed. “Did President Putin raise this with President Trump?”

Sanders continued with the same ambiguous line: “There was some conversation about it, but there wasn’t a commitment made on behalf of the United States. The president will work with his team and we’ll let you know if there is an announcement on that front.”

Russian prosecutors have voiced interest in interrogating McFaul due to allegations that he participated in monetary crimes. McFaul has already claimed his innocence however, saying on Twitter, “Trump administration needs to denounce this crazy idea now.”

Sanders and Trump were quickly criticized by pundits and journalists on Twitter after the press secretary’s comments on McFaul’s situation with Russia:

UPDATE: Following Sanders’ comments, Secretary of State spokeswoman Heather Nauert slammed the Kremlin’s interest in interoggating McFaul as “absolutely absurd.”

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