White House Treads Carefully on Trump Trial


President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Prime Minister Petr Fiala of the Czech Republic in the Oval Office at the White House, Monday, April 15, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(AURN News) — The criminal trial of former President Donald Trump continues, marking a historic moment in U.S. history. The White House is treading carefully in its public comments on the case against Mr. Trump, which surrounds an alleged hush money payment made by Trump’s team to adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has vehemently denied the charges, taking to his Truth Social platform to denounce the trial as “AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA!” and “RIGGED, UNCONSTITUTIONAL.”

In a series of posts, the former president lashed out at the “conflicted, Trump Hating Judge” overseeing the case, claiming he is being prevented from responding to “people that are on TV lying and spewing hate all day long.” Trump demanded the gag order be lifted, decrying the “New York System of ‘Justice'” as being “decimated by critics from all over the World.”

Former president Donald Trump talks with bodega owner Maad Ahmed during a visit to his store, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in New York. Fresh from a Manhattan courtroom, Donald Trump visited a New York bodega where a man was stabbed to death, a stark pivot for the former president as he juggles being a criminal defendant and the Republican challenger intent on blaming President Joe Biden for crime. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

The White House, for its part, is treading cautiously when it comes to commenting on the unfolding legal drama. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday that the administration is being “super, super mindful” in its remarks, given the “ongoing” nature of the case.

“Even if it’s asking an opinion about the, you know — the historic nature of what’s happening and what’s going to occur over the next couple of weeks,” she said.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has continued his campaign schedule, visiting his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The president is expected to make additional stops in the Keystone State in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. While Tuesday and Thursday are campaign-focused days, the president will make the economy the highlight of his visit to the steel city on Wednesday, according to the White House.

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