Throughout the entire 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump was forced to push back at allegations that he was in cahoots with Russia. During the latest press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that the president has actually been tough on the Kremlin, much to the chagrin of his critics on social media.

Sanders on Trump

Not long after Donald Trump announced that he was going to be running for president back in June 2015 on the floor of the world famous Trump Tower in New York City, he was already dealing with questions surrounding his alleged history with Russia.

While the former host of "The Apprentice" was quick to lash out and rip into his political opponents, the media, and many world leaders, he was also quiet, and often complimentary, of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As time moved on, several well-respected news outlets and even government agencies reported that Trump and many of his past and present associates were tied back to the Kremlin in various ways. In recent months, speculation has only increased around what role the president had or currently has with the rival nation, but the administration continues to deny any wrongdoing. As reported by NBC News on August 31, Sarah Huckabee Sanders continues to insist that the president has taken a strong stance against Russia.

On Thursday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed reporters to cover a wide range of topics. On area of interest came from CBS' John Roberts who pressed Sanders on the current situation with the Kremlin.

"We've taken a firm and measured action in response to Russia's unfortunate decision early this year," Sanders said.

"We want to halt the downward spiral and we want to move forward toward better relations," the press secretary continued.

When asked if the current relationship between the United States and Russia was any worse than it was during the Cold War, Sanders replied, "I don't think so."

Twitter reacts

Not long after Sarah Huckabee Sanders made her remarks during the press briefing, she was ridiculed across social media. "Don't Blame Russia You All Played A Big Part in it Bunch Of Cons," one tweet read.

"Can I say I hate this woman w/o the secret service coming to my door?" a Twitter user wondered.

"Does Sarah ever smile or just sneer at everything?" an another tweet asked. "Funny how The Liar in Chief has not denounced Putin or Russia publicly.Instead he puts out a bullshit statement instead of saying it himself," a follow-up social media post pointed out.

"Russia's unfortunate decision to hack our election and conspire with Trump to steal the presidency? Sarah Fu*kabee Slanders is a fat liar," another angry tweet added. The backlash continued as the controversy linking Donald Trump to Russia is showing no signs of slowing down.