White House press secretary Sarah Sanders refused to address the issue of the President's checks to Michael Cohen, allegedly to refund hush money payments, instead referring reporters to the President's personal attorneys.
Axios reported Sunday that Trump made several eyebrow-raising comments during a speech Friday to Republican National Committee donors at Mar-a-Lago, his golf club and resort in Palm Beach, Florida. That's according to a person who heard the comment but spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private remark.
First at bat was ABC's Jonathan Karl, who recalled Trump's tweets over the weekend, accusing Democrats of being "the anti-Jewish Party", and asked Sanders outright, "does the president really believe that Democrats hate Jews?"
US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Marine One at the White House, on March 8, 2019, in Washington.
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"Look, I think the real shame in all of this is that Democrats are perfectly capable of coming together and agreeing on the fact they're comfortable ripping babies straight from a mother's womb or killing a baby after birth", said Sanders, deliberately escalating the rhetoric. "Isn't that kind of rhetoric just sort of beneath everybody?" "I don't think he's going to want it to get involved before 2020".
"The president's going to make sure whatever deal we get is in our best interest, that it's fair and reciprocal trade, that it protects our intellectual property, and that it actually has safeguards to make sure that the Chinese follow through with whatever commitments that they make", she said.
The president also said in November that a Manafort pardon has "never" been discussed but noted that he won't "take it off the table". "We're continuing negotiations with China", she said at the White House.
"Democrats don't hate Jewish people, that's just silly", Acosta said. When the final resolution passed the House, it did not mention Omar by name.
At a press briefing Monday, Sarah Sanders was asked if the president has held any talks about offering his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort a pardon.