At Wednesday's White House press briefing, WH press secretary Josh Earnest told the press corps he never dictated Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to apologize to President Obama, but said he expected him to do so.
JIM ACOSTA, CNN: Earlier this morning on one of the morning talk shows you said that Senator Brown should apologize to the president. Has that happened? Has he apologized?
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE: That's not what I -- I didn't dictate how he should conduct himself. I did observe what many others have observed, that Senator Brown is a stand-up guy. And given the opportunity to review the comments that seemed like they were made in same haste, I feel confident that he'll do the right thing and apologize.
ACOSTA: That has no occurred yet, as far as you know?
EARNEST: I'm not sure if it has or not. I wouldn't necessarily expect a public apology, but we'll see how Senator Brown chooses to pursue this.