White House Press Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to criticize Russia’s obvious fixed re-election of President Vladimir Putin whose opponent only got 12 percent of the vote and whose most outspoken critic, Alexei Navalny, wasn’t allowed to run (video below).
During her daily briefing, a reporter asked Sanders to comment on the “sham” election. Sanders claimed the Trump administration was only able to focus on U.S. elections:
Look, in terms of the election, we’re focused on our elections. We don’t get to dictate how other countries operate. What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country and that’s not something we can dictate how they operate.
We can only focus on the freeness and the fairness of our elections. It’s something we’re going to do everything we can to protect, make sure bad actors don’t have the opportunity to impact them in any way.
On March 2, Putin showed an animated video of how Russia could strike Florida with a nuclear weapon, noted CNN.
White House historian Chris Whipple was stunned by Sanders’ statement on CNN:
It’s bad enough that Donald Trump has already, essentially, unilaterally disarmed in the face of Russian attacks on our election, but then to congratulate Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and an authoritarian, for a sham election?
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.