Sarah Sanders refused to blame or even mention Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter while they were living in the U.K.
During Monday’s White House briefing, a reporter noted that British Prime Minister Teresa May had accused Russia of “an unlawful use of force” after the poisoning was connected to Russia.
But Sanders insisted that the poisoning was “indiscriminate” and refused to name Russia as a suspect.
“We’ve been monitoring this incident closely, taking it very seriously,” Sanders opined. “The use of a highly dangerous nerve agent against U.K. citizens on U.K. soil is an outrage. The attack was reckless, indiscriminate and irresponsible.”
“So, you’re not saying Russia was behind this?” the reporter asked.
“Right now, we are standing with our U.K. allies,” Sanders said, refusing to mention Russia by name. “I think they’re working through even some of the details of this. And we’re going to continue to work with the U.K. and we certainly stand with them throughout this process.”
The reporter pressed, pointing out that the British government has determined that Russia provided the chemical weapon used in the poisoning.
“Like I just said,” Sanders interrupted, repeating herself, “we stand with our ally and we fully support them and are ready if we can be of any assistance.”
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