The White House says “there’s no way” the president’s tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER’-sten JIHL’-uh-brand) was “sexist at all.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders spoke in a news briefing at 3:00 p.m. ET Tuesday about immigration policy in light of the New York City terror attack and . Watch her remarks in the player above.
President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a tweet Tuesday, calling her a “lightweight” and a “total flunky” for Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
Trump also said Gillibrand “would come to my office begging for campaign contributions not so long ago” and would “do anything for them.”
Gillibrand called the tweet a “sexist smear,” and Trump ignored a reporter’s question about the tweet.
Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump was talking about a political system he thinks is rigged and the fact that politicians repeatedly beg for money.
Sanders says only people with their minds in the gutter would read anything sexual into the tweet.