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US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that President Donald Trump is still undecided on whether or not he will pardon Paul Manafort, his former campaign chair who was sentenced last week to almost four years in prison over bank and tax fraud convictions.

During the briefing, Sanders and Acosta, who regularly spar during conferences, argued over Trump's reported remarks to GOP donors about how "Democrats hate Jewish people".

One such remark reportedly referred to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar (D) and the controversy surrounding her criticism of the pro-Israel lobby.

Sanders dodged the question and instead slammed Democrats for not putting out a stronger resolution condemning anti-Semitism. After Sanders said she was not aware of any such conversation, Acosta circled back to the situation with "Democrats and Jewish people", asking if Trump's rhetoric is "beneath" the American people.

The White House refused to voice "full confidence" in embattled Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta on Monday. "Does the president truly believe that Democrats hate Jews?"

Questioned more broadly about the tone of the rhetoric, and whether the president intends to dial down his rhetoric in his upcoming 2020 reelection battle, Sanders pivoted to slam Democrats and make a wild and untrue claim that the opposing party supports killing babies.

"I'm not going to comment on an ongoing case", Sanders said. "It should be done the way the Republicans did it when Steve King made bad comments", Sanders said. "Because, obviously, Sarah Sanders is not going to want to say something from the podium that might get her hauled into the special counsel's office".

Leave it to Jim Acosta of CNN to gaslight the White House for asserting that the Democratic Party is now courting blatant anti-Semitism in their ranks.

"Democrats have had a number of opportunities to condemn specific comments and have refused to do that. I think that is a great shame", Sanders said. Again Sanders tried to sidestep the question, saying she wasn't going to comment on "a potentially leaked item" and continuing to insist Democrats are anti-Semitic.

"The president has been incredibly clear and has consistently and repeated condemned hatred, bigotry, racism in all of its forms whether it's in America or anywhere else", Sanders said Monday.

"Does he really believe Democrats hate Jews?"

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