White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn't say Monday whether President Donald Trump actually believes Democrats hate Jews, as he is purported to have told GOP donors, according to an Axios report.
Pressed further, Sanders only reiterated Trump's claim that he did not violate any campaign finance laws and referred reporters to the President's personal attorneys.
Sanders was asked about the president's controversial statement after white supremacists clashed with counter protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 that there were "good people on both sides".
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Last year, Acosta was briefly banned from the White House after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Trump during a November 7 press conference.
Trump said he didn't understand how any Jew could vote for a Democrat these days. "Isn't that kind of rhetoric just sort of beneath everybody?" The President is going to make a deal if it's a good deal.
Top US and Chinese officials held phone talks on Tuesday to discuss the next steps in trade negotiations, Chinese state media said, as the White House said no date has been set for a summit.
"The president has been incredibly clear and has consistently and repeated condemned hatred, bigotry, racism in all of its forms whether it's in America or anywhere else", Sanders said Monday.More news: Embiid returning to action after eight-game absence
Sanders responded that it's a shame Democrats won't come together and condemn anti-Semitic remarks.
She added, "You know, why have a briefing?"
Sanders was referencing Omar's comments when, talking in a panel about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she said she wanted to "talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country".
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Leave it to Jim Acosta of CNN to gaslight the White House for asserting that the Democratic Party is now courting blatant anti-Semitism in their ranks. During the now-infamous moment, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide.