White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried and failed to defend President Donald Trump’s failure to enforce sanctions against Russia, which were passed by the U.S. Congress in 2017.
Sanders blamed Trump’s failure to enact sanctions on a “process that has to take place” and claimed that can only happen when countries have violated “something,” which “hasn’t necessarily happened.”
Only moments earlier, Sanders said the Russians meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, which is why Congress passed the sanctions law in 2017.
Sanders said that Trump has been “tough” on Russia because he signed the 2019 budget to fund the U.S. military, exported energy to Eastern Europe and has upheld the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia.
Sanders claimed that Obama “was too weak” with Russia, even though Trump refused to enact sanctions against Russia.
Sanders also claimed Trump “has been tougher on Russia than Obama was in eight years combined.”
Politifact ruled this last claim, also made by Trump, to be “mostly false.”