Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, stated on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was not issuing a formal directive to Jeff Sessions when he tweeted the attorney general should bring the Russia probe to an end, CBS News reported.
“This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Sanders told reporters during a press briefing that Trump was sharing his opinion and it wasn’t an order.
“It’s not an order. It’s the President’s opinion,” Sanders said.
Sanders later called the special counsel’s probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 “ridiculous” and said the President “wants to see it come to an end.”
“The President is not obstructing. He is fighting back,” she added.
Meanwhile, during one exchange at the Wednesday’s press briefing, ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked Sanders if she knew the last time Trump visited a grocery store as part of a line of questioning about Trump’s support for toughening voter ID laws.
“I’m not sure. I’m not sure why that matters, either,” Sanders said.
Multiple journalists reported that Trump at a Tuesday night rally claimed that grocery stores require shoppers to show identification as part of his argument for implementing stricter voter ID laws.
“You go to the grocery store, I go to the grocery store I’ve never had to show ID,” Vega said.
“Certainly if you go to a grocery store and you buy beer and wine you’re certainly going to show your ID,” Sanders responded.
The reporters then pushed Sanders noting that Trump has said he does not drink alcohol.
“He’s not saying every time he went in, he said when you go to the grocery store,” Sanders retorted.
“I’m pretty sure that everybody in here who’s been to a grocery store that’s purchased beer or wine has probably had to show their ID,” she continued. “If they didn’t then that’s probably a problem with the grocery store.”