(CNSNews.com) - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that there’s more of a connection between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than there ever was with the Trump administration.
“I think that if you compare the two, it’s definitely -- when you talk about the stuff that went to their foundation, the concerns that existed around the sale of one-fifth of all the country’s uranium, the paid speeches, the personal calls from Vladimir Putin -- I think that when you want to look at a connection to Russia there is a clear one there, and much less of one that ever existed on this side,” Spicer said when asked whether Hillary Clinton’s “pattern of behavior is more suspicious than President Trump’s pattern of behavior.”
“First, just to follow up on something you said before. You said that Hillary Clinton had personal contact with Vladimir Putin, and the suggestion was that wasn’t necessarily appropriate. Can you just elaborate what you were” saying, the reporter asked.
“Oh, no, I’m not saying that’s -- the contact in itself is not appropriate -- is not --” Spicer said.
“I mean, as a private citizen or as a --” the reporter asked.
“No, no, no. I think what I’m saying is that when you talk about connections to Russia, I think the only connection that anyone has made with President Trump is multiple years ago he hosted a pageant there and he’s -- some of the -- he owns condos around the world and some of them were sold to some Russians, and I think he sold a house to one several years back. That’s his connection,” the press secretary said.
“When you talk about the other side, you look at what the Obama administration’s connections were. You have a secretary of state that was selling a fifth of our country’s uranium. You have a Clinton Foundation concern with some of the donations they got. You’ve got the former president, her husband, giving paid speeches, getting a personal call from Vladimir Putin. You’ve got a stated goal of that administration, of Secretary Clinton to have a reset to ‘strengthen Russia,’” Spicer added.
“So when you compare the two sides in terms of who’s actually engaging with Russia, trying to strengthen them, trying to act with them, trying to interact with them, it is night and day between our actions and her actions, and yet no one questioned what she was doing or how she was handling it,” Spicer said.