Valerie Jarrett: POTUS' criticism of Trump's lewd comments 'speaks for everyone'

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 18: U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks about race relations while flanked by (L-R), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and Rev. Al Sharpton, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, February 18, 2016 in Washington, DC.  President Obama met with African American faith and civil rights leaders before an event to celebrate Black History Month.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Story highlights

  • Valerie Jarrett declined to fully weigh in on Donald Trump's lewd and sexually aggressive comments
  • The senior Obama adviser also defended the administration's foreign policy legacy

Washington (CNN)White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said Wednesday President Barack Obama's criticism of Donald Trump's lewd comments "speaks for everyone."

While Jarrett would not comment on the specifics of the election, she reinforced her boss' sentiments about the Republican presidential nominee's bragging about using his influence to be able to grab a woman's genitals without her permission.
"I think the President has spoken now this entire week and he's expressed how profoundly degrading those remarks were and I think he speaks for everyone," she told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."
    Jarrett said any suggestion that the global challenges with ISIS are rooted in the US's premature withdrawal from Iraq are false.
    "I think the President has been clear that his number one objective is to keep America safe," she said. "The challenges that we have around the world are complicated and they are not going to be solved overnight."
    "His judgments are clear and singularly focused on what is good for our country and he stands behind the decisions he has made," Jarrett added.
    Criticism that Obama will leave the state of the country worse off than when he arrived are false, Jarrett said as she listed accomplishments ranging from job growth and decreasing poverty rates.
    "We are doing fantastic here and that does not mean there isn't room for improvement, but we are the envy of the world over," she said. "And we have to continue to invest in America in order to insure that we can continue to have that kind of reputation on the world stage."