White House mum on if Trump really thinks Democrats 'hate' Jews

Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House

Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House

His comments followed reports that Chinese officials canceled a trip to Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort for a potential signing ceremony.

"The president's been an unwavering and committed ally to Israel and the Jewish people". That's according to a person who heard the comment but spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private remark.

Trump's comments came after Democrats refused to directly condemn anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar by name and watered down a resolution originally drafted to punish her.

In the roughly 15 minute conference, Sanders compared President Donald Trump's readiness to condemn neo-Nazis in Charlottesville with the Democrats' apparent reluctance to directly address the issue of anti-Semitism. Jackson asked one final time when Sanders opted to repeatedly attack Democrats instead of answer the question.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House, March 11, 2019.

"Democrats don't hate Jewish people, that's just silly", Acosta said.

Democrats in Congress, along with The New York Times and the Miami Herald, have called on Acosta to resign as labor secretary.

"Do you think that the president has thought, at all, going into the 2020 campaign that the rhetoric just needs to be lowered?"

Three days later, Sanders insisted Democrats - rather than the President - answer for their views. "I think that is a great shame", Sanders said.

The president is committed to an agreement that addresses China's treatment of USA intellectual property and has an enforcement mechanism to ensure that Beijing is following through on its end of the bargain, she said.

"The President has condemned neo-Nazis and called them by name, which is what we are asking Democrats to do when they see the same type of hatred", she said.

"The president has had and laid out clearly his position on this matter", Sanders said.

Leave it to Jim Acosta of CNN to gaslight the White House for asserting that the Democratic Party is now courting blatant anti-Semitism in their ranks. "The president has been clear on what his position is, certainly what his support is for the people and the community of Israel". During the now-infamous moment, Acosta refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide.