Update to this story.
The White House responded Wednesday to Sen. Sherrod Brown’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s treatment of fellow Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Brown is “a stand-up guy.”
“I’m confident after he’s had a chance to look at the comments he made yesterday that he’ll find a way to apologize,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.
Brown, one of the top Democratic leaders leading the charge against the president’s trade effort, suggested Tuesday that Obama was being “disrespectful” and hinted that Warren’s gender might have been a factor.
“I think by just calling her ‘another politician,’” the Ohio Democrat said Tuesday. “I’m not going to get into more details. I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? I’ve said enough.”
Earnest offered to provide all of the references to Obama referring to his Senate colleagues by their first name.
“It’s not surprising that he would call her by her first name, the same way that he calls senators by their first name. And the fact is, we can have a disagreement on substantive issues, but the fact is, we agree on most of them, that President Obama and Senator Warren and other Democrats in the United States Senate have worked together on a variety of issues that are critically important to middle-class families,” he said.
Update: Game on!
… Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” White House press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Brown apologize by saying, “I’m confident that after he’s had a chance to look at the comments he made yesterday that he’ll find a way to apologize.”
Wednesday afternoon on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” when asked if he wanted to apologize, Brown declined to do so saying, “Yeah, I don’t want this to be personal either way. You know, this to me is about how we put people to work, and how our workers are retrained, and how we enforce trade rules and take care of those workers that inevitably lose their jobs from wrong-headed trade agreements.”