Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders struggled to defend President Donald Trump at the Wednesday press briefing following his disastrous summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At the meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Trump had effusively praised the Russian president and cast doubt on the intelligence community’s finding that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election. And on Wednesday, Trump responded “no” when asked whether Russia was still trying to interfere in American elections.
The White House had tried to walk back both of these missteps, but as the reporters made clear Wednesday, Trump’s backtracking made little sense.…