Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

White House mum on whether Trump really thinks Democrats 'hate Jews'

White House mum on whether Trump really thinks Democrats 'hate Jews'

Asked at the first White House briefing in 42 days about President Trump's comments that Democrats hate Jews, Sanders turned the matter back on Democrats and criticized how they handled Omar's remark that supporters of Israel have an "allegiance to a foreign country". That's according to a person who heard the comment but spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private remark.

But Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said it was too early to announce a meeting.

Asked about the check Trump signed to Cohen in August 2017, Sanders said: "I'm not aware of those specific, uh, checks".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House, March 11, 2019.

Trump's statement came after a resolution condemning anti-Semitism finally came to a vote on March 7, but only after Democrats broadened the resolution with portions condemning other kinds of hate, including "anti-Muslim bigotry". "Whether it's talking about Democrats, the media, immigrants, or should we just plan on hearing the president use the same kind of language that we heard in 2016 and all through the first couple years of this administration?"

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Marine One at the White House
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Marine One at the White House

Trump is going to make sure whatever deal the USA gets is in its best interest - that it's fair and reciprocal trade; that it protects intellectual property; and that it actually has safeguards to make sure that the Chinese follow through with whatever commitments that they make, Sanders said.

"Sorry, Jim", she said before calling on the next reporter.

Questioned more broadly about the tone of the rhetoric, and whether the president intends to dial down his rhetoric in his upcoming 2020 reelection battle, Sanders pivoted to slam Democrats and make a wild and untrue claim that the opposing party supports killing babies.

Sanders responded by saying that it's a "great shame" that Democrats wouldn't unify to condemn anti-Semitic comments. Sanders tried to answer, and the CNN correspondent continued to talk over her.

CNN's Jim Acosta questions U.S. President Donald Trump during his news conference following Tuesday's midterm U.S. congressional elections at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 7, 2018. When the final resolution passed the House, it did not mention Omar by name.


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