White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells NBC News White House correspondent Hallie Jackson she should ask Democrats whether they hate Jews or not after a verbal tussle at Monday’s press briefing.
HALLIE JACKSON, NBC NEWS: So I have a question for you, but I also have a follow-up to my colleague because I didn’t hear you actually answer the question. So, yes or no: Does the President truly believe that Democrats hate Jews?
SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I am not going to comment on a potentially leaked document. I can tell you what —
Q (Inaudible.) Does he think Democrats hate Jewish people, as he said on the South Lawn?
MS. SANDERS: I think that they’ve had a lot of opportunities over last few weeks to condemn some abhorrent comments.
Q But I’m asking about the President specifically.
MS. SANDERS: I’m trying to answer you. If you’d stop talking, I’ll finish my statement.
Q Just a yes-or-no question.
MS. SANDERS: The President has had — and laid out clearly his position on this matter. Democrats have had a number of opportunities to condemn specific comments and have refused to do that. That’s a question, frankly, I think you should ask Democrats what their position is, since they’re unwilling to call this what it is, and call it out by name, and take actual action —
Q So is that a yes?
MS. SANDERS: — against members who have done things like this, like the Republicans have done when they had the same opportunity.
Q So I want to ask you about Paul Manafort, but I just want to be very clear. You’re not answering the question. Is there a reason?
MS. SANDERS: I believe I answered it twice.
Q You didn’t say yes or no. Does he really believe Democrats hate Jews? I’m just trying to get a sense of that.
MS. SANDERS: I think that’s a question you ought to ask the Democrats.