Despite the agreement of the president's intelligence chiefs, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday continued her refusal to criticize Russia, this time over their seemingly undemocratic elections that resulted in another win for President Vladimir Putin.
"It's bad enough that Donald Trump has already, essentially, unilaterally disarmed in the face of Russian attacks on our election," White House historian Chris Whipple, whose book "The Gatekeepers" chronicles the history of presidential chiefs of staff, said during a Tuesday afternoon CNN segment. "But then to congratulate Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and an authoritarian, for a sham election?"
Wipple then criticized the crux of the press secretary's remarks, which claimed that Americans should not intervene overseas in the matters of other countries.
"When Sarah Huckabee Sanders says we don't get to dictate how other countries run their own elections, forgive me, but we do get to express our outrage when dictators run sham elections," he said.
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