White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was shut down by ABC’s Jon Karl who stopped her dead in her tracks when Sanders tried to blame Obama for Russian election interference.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 20, 2018
Karl: But this investigation is about what Russia did and raises the question now that you said that the president agrees, the national security adviser says the evidence is incontrovertible what is the president going to do about it? What is he specifically doing about the fact that Russia interfered in our election and has every intention, we are told, of doing it again? What is he doing about it?
Huckabee Sanders: Look, just last week, the department of homeland security secretary Kirsten Nelsen met with a number of relevant stakeholders. Everybody wants to blame this on the trump administration. Let’s not forget that this happened under the Obama administration —
Karl: It happened over a year ago. What’s he done about it?
Huckabee Sanders: We have spent a lot of time working on cybersecurity, focusing on protecting the fairness on our elections. And as I just said, the Department of Homeland Security met with state and local officials, just over the last several weeks, along with election vendors to say that our election system is secure.
The press is holding Trump accountable for his inaction on the Russia threat
The blame Obama gimmick plays well with the Fox News crowd, but the excuse isn’t holding up with the press or the American people at large. Trump is the president. He is in charge. His administration doesn’t get to blame Obama and walk away. There is a reason why Trump administration officials increasingly only appear on Fox News and the Sunday news shows. When Trump and his White House are forced to answer real questions, they get exposed.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders had no answer for what Trump is doing about a hostile foreign power that is actively trying to destroy US democracy. She answered that the administration held a few meetings last summer. The press is finally treating the Russian interference like a crisis, and in the process, the inaction of the Trump administration is being revealed for all to see.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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