Sarah Sanders refuses to call Russia ‘foe’ after poisoning: ‘I’ll leave it to Russia to make that determination’
Trump's relationship with Moscow has stalked the first year of his presidency, with key former aides under a US investigation for alleged collaboration with the Kremlin. (SPUTNIK/AFP / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV)

During Thursday's White House press briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that it's up to Russia to determine whether they're a "friend or foe" to the United States.

After Sanders asserted that President Donald Trump has been "extremely tough" on Russia, MSNBC's Peter Alexander asked the press secretary to be more explicit in her response.

"In simple terms: Is Putin a friend or a foe of the United States?" the correspondent asked.

"Russia's going to have to make that determination," Sanders responded. "They're gonna have to decide whether or not they wanna be a good actor or a bad actor."

The press secretary's response came just hours after news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents about Russia.

Watch below, via MSNBC: