Brown brushes off suggestions he apologize for suggesting Obama is sexist

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocrat Sherrod Brown torches Facebook at hearing: 'They broke journalism, helped incite a genocide' Trump puts hopes for Fed revolution on unconventional candidate Budowsky: Harris attacked Biden, helped Trump MORE (D-Ohio) brushed aside a suggestion from the White House that he should apologize to President Obama for implying that Obama’s criticism of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' Trump says administration will 'take a look' after Thiel raises concerns about Google, China Thiel calls Warren the most 'dangerous' Democratic candidate MORE (D-Mass.) was sexist. 

Brown was asked on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to respond to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who said he was “confident” the Ohio Democrat would apologize


“Do you have any apologies to offer to the president about [those] comments,” Andrea Mitchell, the show’s host, asked Brown.

“I don’t want this to be personal either way,” he said.

“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.”

Brown bashed Obama on Tuesday for referring to Warren by her first name in response to her criticism of his push for a trade deal. The National Organization for Women echoed Brown's comments.

“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?” the senator said.

But Earnest, Obama’s spokesman, pushed back at that assertion Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” where he noted that the president has a “personal relationship with Sen. Warren” and calls many senators by their first names.

He added later during the daily White House briefing that he doesn’t “necessarily expect a public apology” from Brown.