White House press secretary Sean Spicer scolded reporters Tuesday for their persistence in digging into potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian state actors, telling them they’re making connections where there are none:
‘If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.’
At immediate issue was a Washington Post story saying the Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, from testifying before Congress in a probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Spicer said that the story was “100% false” and that he hoped Yates would testify before the House Intelligence Committee.
The top Democrat on the House committee, meanwhile, speculated that the White House could be trying to keep Yates from providing full testimony.
Read: Here’s why the White House may have wanted to block Sally Yates from testifying.
Spicer isn’t the first in Washington to make the Russian-dressing reference. At a dinner for journalists earlier this month, Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, joked that she had “earned some points with the White House” that evening. The reason: “On my salad I asked for Russian dressing. [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions recommended it. He got the recipe from the Russian ambassador.”