White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has had multiple squabbles with the media and their reporting on the Trump administration.
In May, she doubled down on President Donald Trump’s comments about MS-13 gang members who are in the country illegally. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals,” he said.
After numerous news outlets reported that the “animals” comment was directed at all immigrants, Sanders said, “The president was very clearly referring to MS-13 gang members who enter the country illegally and whose deportations are hamstrung by our laws. This is one of the most vicious and deadly gangs that operates by the motto of rape, control and kill.”
“If the media and liberals want to defend MS-13, they’re more than welcome to,” she added.
The White House press secretary has also had multiple arguments with CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta. In one instance in February, Acosta questioned one of Trump’s tweets that said, “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
The CNN reporter wondered aloud whether Trump’s response had anything to do with the allegations of sexual misconduct the president himself has faced. Acosta asked, “Why is he seemingly defending Mr. Porter publicly? Is it because he has faced his own allegations? Is there some sensitivity there?”
“Look, as I just said, and I’ll repeat it again, the president and the entire administration take domestic violence very seriously, and believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly,” Sanders said. “He certainly supports the victims of domestic violence above all else, and believes that everyone should be treated fairly and with due process.”
Sanders took the media to task again on Monday over their unfair reporting on Russia, saying that she wasn’t sure “why that is so hard for the media to write about,” The Daily Caller reported.
A reporter had asked, “The president has forcefully spoken out against Iran and North Korea. He said he would forcefully speak out against any threat. Russia’s interference is a threat to our democracy. Why would he not forcefully denounce that?”
“The president has been incredibly tough on Russia,” Sanders said. “He has brought it up directly to (Putin) in person every single time that they have met. He has put unprecedented sanctions and been extremely tough on Russia across a number of fronts, which we have addressed here it many times before. Frankly, I’m not sure why that is so hard for the media to write about.”
She added, “We’ve repeated it time and time again. The policy that the president has been — since day one in office — has been extremely tough on Russia more so than any other country.”
The Republican National Committee confirmed that the Trump administration has remained firm in holding Russia accountable.
“The Trump Administration has implemented a wide array of sanctions and other punitive actions against Russia for their destabilizing actions and provocations against the U.S. and its allies,” the RNC said. The committee added, “In the wake of Russian provocations, President Trump has exercised U.S. military power and worked to bolster U.S. allies in Europe.”
Despite whether you think Trump is tough enough on Russia or not, it’s pretty clear that Sanders is not having any of the establishment media’s excuses for their reporting on the president.
Maybe the White House reporters will learn someday not to mess with Sarah Sanders.
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