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White House declines to endorse UK view that Russia was behind nerve agent attack in England

Posted on March 13th, 2018 at 10:17 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


The White House has declined to endorse the UK government’s assessment that Russia was behind the recent attempted assassination of a former double agent in Salisbury, England.

On Monday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” that the Russian government was behind the attack that has left Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia critically ill, calling it “an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the United Kingdom.”

But when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked repeatedly about the incident at a press conference in Washington DC later on Monday, she would not say whether the American government agreed with this attribution, and did not mention Russia by name.

“The use of a highly lethal nerve agent against UK citizens on UK soil is an outrage,” Sanders said in response to a question about the attack and Russia’s role. “The attack was reckless, indiscriminate, and irresponsible. We offer the fullest condemnation.”

I’ll just quote a reddit comment, I think.

“You know I spoke with Vladimir, he calls me Donny, great guy, almost as great as me. They love him over there, they really do, you should see the polls, spectacular numbers. If Crooked Hillary wouldn’t have cheated I would have had numbers that good. I will in 2020 let me tell you right now. Vladimir has it figured out, no collusion, none of it. He says he didn’t nerve gas attack, he said it to me on the phone, so he didn’t.

I asked him a second time, twice, to get the truth. I always get the truth. I said, ‘Vlad,’ I call him Vlad. Which only his best friends call him. He said ‘Donny, no.’ I really believe what he says. He’s an honest man, like me. I’m a hugely honest man, I may be the most honest. The word honorable has been tossed around. Can I say that? I think I can. The fake new media lies about my honesty. And I say, NO COLLUSION, NO COLLUSION. They don’t believe me, believe me. I’m honest. The best kind of honest.”

  1. Putin just misses his old KGB days. But, his “License to Kill” is much broader now.

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