Spicer: Trump Has Repeatedly Denounced Anti-Semitism, "Never Good Enough" For The Media


Sean Spicer said every time there is an anti-Semitic incident he has been asked if President Trump condemns it. Spicer said the president has made it very clear about his stance on anti-Semitism.

"At some point the question has been asked and answered," Spicer told NBC's Hallie Jackson as Tuesday's press briefing.

Spicer called the repeated questions about Trump's stance on anti-Semitism insulting and said no matter what Trump says it will "never good enough" for the media.

QUESTION: Sean, I want to give you a chance to respond to something because I think that the president's remarks in your clarification about where he stands on anti-Semitism is clear. But after that statement was made by the president, the Anne Frank Center released a pretty strongly worded one...

SPICER: Right. QUESTION: ...saying that these remarks while -- received are a band aid on the cancer within the Trump administration, saying that there is, whether less or otherwise, a sense of xenophobia went in this administration...


SPICER: Yeah, I -- I think it's -- look, the president has made clear since the day he was elected and frankly, going back to the campaign, that he is someone who seeks to unite this country.

He has brought a diverse group of folks into his administration, both in terms of actual positions and people that he had sought the advice of. And I think he has been very forceful with his denunciation of people who seek to attack people because of their hate -- because of excuse me, because of their religion, because of their gender, because of the color of their skin.

And it's something they can continue to fight and make very, very clear, that he has no place in this administration. But I -- I think that it's -- it's ironic that no matter how many times he talks about this, that it's never good enough.

Today, I think was an unbelievably forceful comment by the president as far as his denunciation of the actions that are currently targeted towards Jewish community centers. But I think that he's been very clear previous to this, that he wants to be someone that brings this country together and not divide people, especially in those areas.

So I saw that statement, I -- I wish that they had praised the president for his leadership in this area and I think that hopefully, as time continues to go by, they recognize his commitment to civil rights, to voting rights, to equality for all Americans.

Spicer admonishes New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush for interrupting NBC's Hallie Jackson. Spicer said President Trump is "insulted" that it is perceived he hasn't condemned anti-Semitism enough.

SPICER: Glenn [Thrush], it's Hallie's turn. Would you please not interrupt her?


QUESTION: Do you want to take that now?

SPICER: No, no, no. I think -- I'm not gonna allow you to be interrupted.

QUESTION: So, the second question is on anti -- anti-semitism...


QUESTION: ... did you reference from the podium, the president made very clear. You said though, that he has he taken opportunities in the past. Just last week though, right? He had the opportunities to deliver a message to the American people about anti-semitism. You made very clear, he was not anti-semitic...

SPICER: Right.

QUESTION: ... and he -- and he was in fact, insulted by that. But as far as a broader message to the American people, he declined to offer one. Is the president comfortable with his obligation, as the leader of this country, to deliver that kind of broad and forceful message to Americans. And if so, why didn't he do it sooner in the case of the...

SPICER: Well, I think the idea Hallie, that he has. And I think there's a point at which, he talked literally on election night about uniting this country and making sure that all Americans (inaudible) and every time there's an incidence, its interesting -- I mean I get a question, is he gonna announce this one, is he gonna announce this one?

At some point, the question's asked and answered. He had stood very forcefully against...


SPICER: What are you asking, I mean?

QUESTION: I'm asking if he's comfortable with his role as the person who needs to be delivering a broader message...


SPICER: ...right, and I think that his -- he is very comfortable and understands that as the leader of the free world, the president of this country, the commander in chief, that he has an awesome responsibility to -- to make it very clear, where we're going as a country and what our values are.

And that he has spoken very forcefully, that we don't stand for this kind of behavior and words and tolerance. That we are a country that should bring people together and that we shouldn't tolerate people who are hating on individuals because of their gender or because of their religion, or the color of their skin or a variety of other things.

But that there's a point in which it's asked and answered. And I think the president has been very clear over and over again, you know, going back through the campaign, the transition now that he -- that's the kind of president that he wants to be, that's the kind of country that he wants to lead.

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