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WH denies Trump made sexist attack on Gillibrand

The White House on Tuesday denied that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE launched a sexist attack on Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandBritish health secretary fires back at Trump over universal health care claims Trump on Dems’ ‘universal' health-care push: ‘No thanks’ Gillibrand calls for DOJ to investigate US Olympic Committee over abuse scandal MORE (D-N.Y.) when he said she “would do anything” for a campaign contribution.

“There is no way that is sexist at all,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. 

Instead, Sanders said the president was accusing Gillibrand of being “controlled by contributions” and hammering home his pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

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“I think that the president is very obvious,” she said. “This is the same sentiment the president has expressed many times before when he has exposed the corruption of the entire political system.”

The spokesperson said the president does not owe the senator an apology if his words were interpreted to have a sexist meaning.

"I think only if your mind is in the gutter you would have read it that way, so no," she said.

Trump went after Gillibrand in an early-morning tweet after she called on the president to resign over allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women.

"Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Overnight Defense: GOP plays hardball by attaching defense funding to CR | US reportedly drawing down in Iraq | Russia, US meet arms treaty deadline | Why the military wants 6B from Congress MORE and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!" he wrote.

The tweet triggered controversy in Washington, with many Democratic lawmakers rushing to Gillibrand's defense.