Following President Trump’s announcement of his call to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the establishment press whores were downright apopletic when White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ press briefing came around. Did the President confront Putin on Russian aggression? Could he possibly believe the Russian elections were fair, since the U.K. and Senator McCain don’t? Are you telling us he didn’t confront Putin on election meddling? On the poisoning in the U.K.?
No less than six times Sanders replied that the President believes dialogue with Russia is in U.S. interest.
“We want to continue to have a dialogue with Russia, and continue to talk about some of the shared interests we have, whether it’s North Korea, Iran, and, particularly as the President noted today, slowing the tensions when it comes to an arms race, something that is clearly important to both leaders,”Sanders stated over and over. We will “continue to be tough” on Russia, but”the President finds there to be an importance in having that dialogue with Russia so that we can talk about some of the big problems that face the world…. It is important for a lot of the safety and security people across the globe.”
Demanding that she answer whether the White House believes the election in Russia was free and fair, Sanders slammed the implicit “regime change” axiom:”We’re focused on our elections. We don’t get to dictate how other countries operate. What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that’s not something that we can dictate to them how they operate. We can only focus on the freeness and the fairness of our elections, something we 100% fully support….”
Perhaps the understatement of the day coming after the briefing was the tweet by an enraged British journalist present:
“White House spokeswoman confirms U.K. nerve agent attack was not mentioned in Trump-Putin phone call. Deeply frustrating for Downing Street.”