Monday, 11 December, 2017

Sarah Sanders Creates a Real No-Spin Zone

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the media during a daily press briefing on Oct. 5 2017 White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks to the media during a daily press briefing on Oct. 5 2017
Lillian Steele | 10 October, 2017, 00:35

Pressed further on how seriously the public and adversaries should take his comments, Sanders replied: "I think you can take the President protecting the American people always extremely serious".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded on Friday to veiled criticisms of President Donald Trump from Tennessee Sen.

Her defense of the president came in response to a question about Republican Senator Bob Corker's assertion that Trump's chief of staff and secretaries of state and defense "help separate our country from chaos". "He's got an incredible team around him that's helping him lead that effort, and he's had tremendous accomplishments on the global stage by working with allies and confronting enemies".

"He has an incredible team around him that's helping him lead that effort", she added. It was triggered by the previous day's reports of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's frustrations and the Senate Intelligence Committee's continuing search for evidence of collusion with Russian election meddling.

Reporters asked if the storm was related to Iran or ISIS.

"As we've said many times before, I know the president has - as I have said from this podium on quite a few occasions - never going to say in advance what the president is going to do", the press secretary noted.

"I think that it is sad that the Mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of a time of focusing on the relief efforts".

Of course, given that Trump today stole contraception coverage from likely millions of women, and stole civil rights protections from LGBT people by prioritizing religious rights, some might call that the storm too.

Still, news outlets have run stories since then claiming that Trump and Tillerson have clashed over staff and policy on Iran and North Korea and that their relationship has been damaged beyond fix.

Throughout Friday's briefing, Sanders continually reiterated the White House's message that the administration does not share its actions ahead of time.

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