White House fires back at top GOP senator's scorching criticism

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson | Jim Watson  AFP via Getty Images

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson | Jim Watson AFP via Getty Images

Trey Yingst of One America News asked Sanders if she thought the president wanted to see the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media organizations. "And that's all that today was about".

"As we have said many times before. we're never going to say in advance what the President's going to do, and as he said last night in addition to those comments you're going to have to wait and see", she said when asked by reporters if he was referring to military action.

Trump's "apology" was similar in character, minimizing what he had done, while turning the entire exercise into an excuse to attack Hillary Clinton, and not apologizing for the million other things he'd said and done.

"I think the premise of that question is absolutely ridiculous", Sanders said. "Apparently this allows you to take a semiautomatic and turn it into a fully automatic so clearly that's something we need to look into".

"Getting back to these "calm before the storm" comments", CNN's Jim Acosta said, "I wanted to ask you about that in a different way".

Multiple outlets have reported that the White House next week will effectively scrap the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015, kick-starting a new standoff between Iran and the U.S.

Huckabee Sanders responded to the Ryan's question by saying that the visit was not at all "controversial" and was in fact "widely praised, even by a Democrat Governor". A day later, Trump wrote in a pair of posts on Twitter, "I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful secretary of state, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man". And Sanders knows this, but she has a job to do.

Trump, who earlier said Iran had "not lived up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal, was expected to "decertify" and denounce the controversial accord as not being in the US national interest, passing the issue to Congress.

"Oh, I just pictured people in this town actually holding their breath", Sanders replied.

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