Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on ABC’s This Week to discuss Donald Trump’s response to the Russian hack.
Trump and the mainstream GOP have never really seen eye to eye. His primary campaign was billed as a grassroots revolution against the conservative establishment and several prominent conservatives, such as Ohio governor John Kasich, refused to rally around Trump.
Since Trump’s victory, most of the GOP have, for the time being at least, fallen in line behind Trump, but there is one area where the Republicans appear willing to stand up to Trump. The Republican Party is almost universally united in their support for a stronger response to Russia’s interference in the presidential election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will wait until Trump takes office before deciding whether or not he will take any action in response to President Obama’s sanctions.
Spicer argued that Putin’s response serves to highlight the power and success of Trump even before he takes office.
‘I think that that shows you the power that President Trump has. He’s already had unbelievable success domestically by bringing back jobs from Carrier and Sprint….And I think that, around the world, foreign leaders are seeing what we’re seeing here in this country, which is that business as usual is over. President Trump is not only going to put the American worker first, but he’s going to restore America’s place in the globe.’
The interview then turned to the issue of Trump’s relationship with Putin. The president-elect says the two have never met, but he has consistently praised Putin. Most recently, Trump called Putin’s decision to delay a response to President Obama’s actions a “great move.”
‘Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!’
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
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