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US President Donald Trump can't even eat Russian salad dressing without scrutiny: White House

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 28, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that US President Donald Trump cannot even eat “Russian salad dressing on his salad” without raising questions about alleged ties between his campaign and Moscow.
Spicer made the comments during a press conference at the White House on Tuesday, answering a question by a reporter with American Urban Radio Networks about how the Trump administration was seeking to improve its image amid multiple probes into Russian interference in the presidential election last year.
The press secretary interrupted the reporter as soon as she mentioned Russia, saying that there was "no connection" between Washington and Moscow.
“We don’t have that,” Spicer said after the reporter said the White House had "other things going on," including Russia.
“I get it, but I have said from the day that I got there until whenever that there is no connection. You’ve got Russia. If the president put Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection,” Spicer said.
He accused the reporter of trying to advance her “agenda” as she tried to clarify her question and pointed to those who have said there is no proof of collusion between Russia and the Trump administration.
“I'm sorry that that disgusts you. You're shaking your head,” said Spicer, adding that, “You’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”
The White House press secretary did not take any more questions from reporters, concluding his remarks by saying, “It seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.”
US President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin
In a declassified report released in January, the US intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin helped Trump win the White House, an allegation dismissed both by Moscow and Trump.
Despite Russia’s alleged cyber attacks on mostly Democratic officials during the US presidential race, American intelligence officials have acknowledged there is no evidence that hackers altered the election itself.
During his presidential campaign and afterwards, Trump repeatedly praised Putin and called for closer ties between Washington and Moscow, despite the hacking allegations.

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