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Sarah Sanders declines to call Russian election a ‘sham’: ‘We don’t dictate how other countries operate’

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday declined to say whether Russia’s elections were “free and fair.”

During Tuesday’s White House briefing, Sanders confirmed that President Donald Trump had not discussed U.S. election interference when he called to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his recent reelection. She said that Trump also did not bring up the recent poisoning in Britain that has been linked to Putin’s regime.

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Sanders turned down one reporter’s invitation to call the Russian election a “sham.”

“Would the White House call the elections free and fair?” another reporter asked.

“Look, in terms of the election, we’re focused on our elections,” she replied. “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 we can dictate how they operate.”

“We can only focus on the freeness and the fairness of our elections,” Sanders added. “It’s something we’re going to do everything we can to protect, make sure bad actors don’t have the opportunity to impact them in any way.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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WATCH: New Zealand prime minister unfazed as quake hits during an interview

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A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.

The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local time (2000 Sunday GMT) at a depth of about 52 kilometres (32 miles) near Levin, about 90 kilometres north of Wellington, the US Geological Survey said.

St John Ambulance and New Zealand Police both said there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. There was no tsunami warning.

But there was sustained shaking in Wellington, where Ardern was being interviewed on breakfast television from parliament's Beehive building, which is designed to absorb seismic forces by swaying slightly on its foundations.

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US farmers are starting to worry as crop prices dip during COVID-19 crisis: ‘It’s kind of glum’

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Dave Burrier steered his tractor through a field, following a GPS map as he tried to plant as much corn as possible amid the yellow and green rye covering the ground.

Striving to get a massive yield out of his crops in rural Maryland is how Burrier hopes to make it through yet another uncertain year, beset by market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and renewed trade tensions between the United States and China.

"We've had so much price erosion that we're basically at below the cost of production. We've got to figure out how to manage and turn a profit," Burrier told AFP.

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‘It’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months’: Trump makes excuses for golfing during coronavirus pandemic

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President Donald Trump was blasted on Sunday for playing golf during the coronavirus pandemic, a dramatic economic recession and after proclaiming churches "essential."

Instead of joining his voters sitting in the pews, Trump went for the links, which drew criticisms for the hypocrisy.

"Sleepy Joe’s representatives have just put out an ad saying that I went to play golf (exercise) today. They think I should stay in the White House at all times. What they didn’t say is that it’s the first time I’ve played golf in almost 3 months, that Biden was constantly vacationing, relaxing & making shady deals with other countries, & that Barack was always playing golf, doing much of his traveling in a fume spewing 747 to play golf in Hawaii - Once even teeing off immediately after announcing the gruesome death of a great young man by ISIS!" tweeted Trump.

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