Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Sanders Dodges Question On Dems Hating Jews, Snaps At Reporter

Sanders Dodges Question On Dems Hating Jews, Snaps At Reporter

White House correspondent Jim Acosta debated press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on whether or not Democrats "hate" Jewish people during the White House press briefing Monday afternoon.

"I'm not going to comment on potentially leaked [information]", Sanders said, referring to the Axios report of leaks from a donor event at Mar-a-Lago on Friday.

"The president has been an unwavering and committed ally to Israel and the Jewish people, and frankly the remarks that have been made by a number of Democrats and failed to be called out by Democratic leadership is frankly abhorrent and it's sad and it's something that should be called by name", Sanders said.

Trump's comments came after Democrats refused to directly condemn anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by name and watered down a resolution originally drafted to punish her.

Sanders also declined to say whether President Trump is indeed "Individual One", as referenced in federal court documents. After Sanders said she was not aware of any such conversation, Acosta circled back to the situation with "Democrats and Jewish people", asking if Trump's rhetoric is "beneath" the American people.

"That is obviously false", Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri Sewell said on CNN shortly after Trump spoke.

"I didn't hear you actually answer the question, so yes or no", Jackson said.

"Do you think that the president has thought, at all, going into the 2020 campaign that the rhetoric just needs to be lowered?"

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".

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. I think that it's time to stop giving him a platform. The speaker added that it is up to Omar to "explain" her latest remarks. The president has been clear on what his position is. "Democrats don't hate Jewish people". During the now-infamous moment, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide.

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