The White House pushed back after two South Carolina Republicans publicly urged President Donald Trump not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller over the weekend.
While fielding a question about comments made Sunday by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Trey Gowdy, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders interrupted the reporter.
"Maybe we need to work on our South Carolina members," Sanders said.
The quip came two days after Graham warned Trump that firing Mueller "would be the beginning of the end of his presidency" and after Gowdy on Sunday told the president's lawyer that if his client is innocent, he should "act like it."
Asked whether the White House is concerned after two prominent Republicans from South Carolina questioned the president in this way over the weekend, Sanders said no.
"I certainly don't think we're losing Republicans at all," she said. "I think we're voicing some frustration over this ongoing process that we look forward to ending."
The special counsel has been investigating Russia's possible interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether any possible links exist to the Trump campaign.
"Look, the president has been very clear about the fact that there was no collusion between his campaign and any other entity," Sanders said Tuesday. "I don't think that any individual, including members of Congress, would like it if they had been accused of taking their seats in Congress by doing something nefarious when they hadn't ... they would be more than anxious to push back."
Trump has characterized the special counsel in the past as a "witch hunt." Over the weekend, he accused FBI leadership of "lies and corruption" and accused Mueller's team of political bias.
Speaking on Fox News, Gowdy, who is a top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Trump should allow Mueller to continue his investigation.
"Russia attacked our country. Let special counsel Mueller figure that out. And if you believe as we have found, there’s no evidence of collusion, you should want special counsel Mueller to take all the time, and have all the independence he needs to do his job," Gowdy said.
Graham did not respond to The Post and Courier's request for comment following the White House statement, but his office issued a press statement about a phone call between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin where the president complimented Putin for his election win.
“If White House reports are accurate, President Trump missed an important opportunity to mention the attempted murder of a former Soviet agent and his daughter in Britain or Russia’s continuing attacks on our elections during a phone call with Vladimir Putin," Graham said.