Merriam-Webster provides meanings of 'yes' and 'no' after Trump's Russia comment

Merriam-Webster appeared to make fun of the White House’s attempt to explain President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE's latest comments on Russia by tweeting out its definition of "yes" and "no."

When asked during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday if he believes Russia is still seeking to meddle in U.S. political affairs, the president initially answered, “no," a remark that fueled outrage from some lawmakers, coming two days after his controversial press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

But after Trump's remarks, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought to clarify the president was "saying 'no' to answering questions" and not to the reporter's question itself.

"He does believe that they would target, certainly, [the] U.S. election," Sanders said.

After the Sanders press briefing, Merriam-Webster shared the meaning of the words “yes” and “no.”

The dictionary tweeted out the definition of “yes” as an “affirmative reply” and “no” as a “negative answer.”

Merriam-Webster’s tweet is just the latest in a series of jabs that appear aimed at Trump or members of his administration from popular dictionaries.


In May, the Twitter account for appeared to mock Trump after he misspelled "collusion" in a tweet calling for an end to the Russia probe. 

A day after the president’s inauguration, Merriam-Webster appeared to reply to White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayLincoln Project hits Trump over Russian bounties Obama said Trump's use of term 'kung flu' 'shocks and pisses me off': report New Lincoln Project ad slams Trump over deaths of 'Greatest Generation' members from COVID-19 MORE by providing its definition of the word “fact.”