White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley was apparently confused by a question a reporter asked about Russia on Tuesday — and earned himself the scorn of Twitter.
CNBC White House correspondent Eamon Javers noted on Twitter that when he asked Gidley if President Donald Trump will "accept Russian help in the 2020 election," the deputy press secretary replied: "I don’t understand the question."
He then added that the president "already denounced multiple times Russian involvement" in 2016.
I asked Hogan Gidley if President Trump will accept Russian help in the 2020 election. He said “I don’t understand… https://t.co/lqBOKnKrc9— Eamon Javers (@Eamon Javers) 1556033547.0
As Daily Beast reporter Sam Stein noted, the website "asked every 2020 candidate if they would commit to not using hacked materials."
"The Trump campaign was the only one who didn’t take that pledge," Stein added.
Again, we asked every 2020 candidate if they would commit to not using hacked materials. The Trump campaign was the… https://t.co/vBUd5wqz1x— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein) 1556034467.0
"When did you 'denounce' their involvement?" another user mused. "He’s asked for their help...we have video proof."
When did you “denounce” their involvement? He’s asked for their help...we have video proof. https://t.co/i6WqI3U8CU— Heather (@Heather) 1556036419.0
Check out more responses below:
he hasn't denounced shit. in fact, his lawyer was on sunday morning TV shows saying it was perfectly ok to take he… https://t.co/RCJbOoQb7h— Jeff Lewis (@Jeff Lewis) 1556036928.0
Trump last year in Helsinki: "So I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that Presid… https://t.co/QsbJ4QdxcX— Kristine Phillips 🤦♀️ (@Kristine Phillips 🤦♀️) 1556034391.0
And thus does Hogan Gidley again establish himself as a liar. https://t.co/Sm3SalGWHO— Michael Freeman (@Michael Freeman) 1556033987.0
Sounds like a Yes. https://t.co/EGFSqNzs0s— Karen DaltonBeninato (@Karen DaltonBeninato) 1556034627.0
Nah... I remember Helsinki. https://t.co/1HwbB2Cjnl— Adam (@Adam) 1556036136.0