Despite widespread opposition from nearly all GOP legislators, law experts, and White House officials, one GOP Senator is joining his Democratic colleagues in demanding to question the President’s translator regarding his personal meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Sen. Jeff Flake -one of the President’s fiercest critics- joined the liberal legislators and called for the interpreter to release her notes to Congressional investigators, saying “I would hope that those notes — all interpreters take notes — would be turned over… We need to know.”
All of Flake’s colleagues slammed the left-wing demand, saying it would irreparably damage a sitting President’s ability to hold private conversations with other world leaders.
"Absolutely not," Lindsey Graham said when asked if he'd support having Marina Gross, the American translator in Trump's meeting with Putin, testify before Congress.
He said that precedent could prevent foreign leaders from wanting to meet with future U.S. presidents privately pic.twitter.com/DqQD7I6HM5
— POLITICO (@politico) July 19, 2018
“Absolutely not,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham when asked if he would support the subpoena. “That would be the last time you ever have a foreign leader meet the President of the United States privately.”
SARAH SMACKDOWN: Huckabee Sanders ROASTS Sen. Jeff Flake on LIVE TV
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t hold back when asked to comment on Sen. Jeff Flake’s anti-Trump tirade on the Senate floor, telling reporters she simply “doesn’t care” what the outgoing GOP congressman has to say.
“Senator Flake said something on the Senate floor and I want to give you a chance to respond,” asked one reporter during the daily briefing. “He said, ‘Treason is not a punchline.’ Can you say for the sake of the future that you agree with Sen. Flake on that? That ‘treasonous’ is not a punchline?”
“Honestly, I’m not going to respond to Sen. Flake’s comments. I don’t really care what Sen. Flake has to say. I don’t think his constituents do either; his numbers are in the tank. The President was clearly joking with his comments,” fired back Sanders.
“What isn’t a joke is that the Democrats refuse to celebrate the accomplishments of last year that has helped all Americans. What this country doesn’t understand is why Democrats are so upset about lower taxes and higher wages,” she added.
Watch Sarah’s smackdown above.
SARAH SMACKDOWN: Huckabee Sanders ROASTS Flake’s ‘RIDICULOUS’ Temper Tantrum
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders roasted Sen. Jeff Flake’s rant before the US Senate on Wednesday, calling the anti-Trump lawmaker’s speech a desperate attempt to gain national “attention.”
Sanders was speaking with reporters during the daily White House press briefing when she was asked to comment on Senator Jeff Flake’s bizarre address on the Senate floor, where he claimed the President was giving comfort to “dictators” around the world.
“Not only has the past year seen an American president borrow despotic language to refer to the free press, but it seems he has in turn inspired dictators and authoritarians with his own language. This is reprehensible,” Flake told his colleagues.
Press Sec. Sanders responds to Sen. Flake criticism of Pres. Trump: "We welcome access to the media every day," and saying White House is anything but open to the press is "utterly ridiculous." pic.twitter.com/UxeBllE68y
— ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2018
“I found it quite interesting that he is coming out to attack this President considering he’s the one that was recently defending an actually oppressive regime. He went to Cuba a few weeks ago and served as a mouthpiece for the oppressive Cuban government,” said Sanders.
“He’s not criticizing the President because he’s against oppression. He’s criticizing the President because he has terrible poll numbers. He is looking for some attention. I think it’s unfortunate,” she added.