White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to say why President Donald Trump thought there were some “very fine people” who protested alongside neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.
At a press briefing on Friday, ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl asked if Trump had spoken to his economic adviser Gary Cohn about his recent comments. Cohn said the president needed to do more to condemn hatred and bigotry.
“The president has been very outspoken in his condemnation of racism of bigotry, of hate of all forms,” Sanders replied. “But I think as long as those things exist there’s always more we can do. We will be looking for ways we can do more as an administration until there’s zero of those things, then there’s always more you can do.”
“What did the president mean,” Karl began to ask, before being cut off.
“Sorry, we are really short on time,” Sanders said.
“Who were the very fine people protesting with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville?” Karl pressed. “Who were the very fine people?”
But Sanders refused to answer, and quickly moved on to Fox News reporter John Roberts.
Venezuela government says thwarted attempted ‘coup’
Venezuela's socialist government said Wednesday it had derailed an attempted coup, claiming the United States, Colombia and Chile colluded in a military plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro and install a general and former defense minister in his place.
Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the plan involved active and retired army officers and was to have been executed between Sunday and Monday this past weekend.
"We were in all the meetings to plan the coup d'Etat. We were in all the conferences," Rodriguez said, suggesting that government informers had infiltrated the alleged plotters during planning meetings.
Democrats believe Mueller testimony could be tipping point for impeachment: CNN
On Wednesday, CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some House Democrats view special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming public testimony to the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees in July as a potential tipping point that could sway both Democratic leaders and the American people in favor of opening an impeachment probe.
"Democrats who support opening up an impeachment inquiry believe this could bolster the calls to open up formal proceedings, perhaps shift public opinion, perhaps encourage the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to move off of her opposition to opening up an impeachment probe because of what Bob Mueller will say," said Raju.
Ex-FBI chief: Mueller testimony must ‘wake up’ Republicans to the danger in the White House
Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appeared on MSNBC's "Deadline with Nicolle Wallace" to detail what he thinks will happen in the closed-door testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a Wednesday interview, McCabe said he hopes that Mueller will "wake up" Republicans who seem disinterested in acting to protect the United States from electoral intrusion from Russia.