During today’s White House Press Briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders faced a deluge of questions asking her to explain President Trump‘s attacks against MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.
Sanders started by reiterating her previous defense about how Trump will “fight fire with fire” whenever anyone publicly criticizes him. As the questions continued to come forward, NBC’s Kristen Welker asked Sanders how Trump’s tweets will unify the country following the recent shooting of Steve Scalise.
After Sanders bemoaned the lack of “outrage” about people critiquing the president, Welker followed up by asking about whether Trump is supposed to operate on a higher standard than cable news figures. Welker also invoked Trump’s promotion of birtherism in order to make a point about how Barack Obama was not immune from criticism when he was president either.
As Sanders continued with her defense, she ended up getting even more questions about why did Trump go for a personal insult, and how do his Twitter battles advance his political agenda. Sanders repeated with clear exasperation how she already answered the question, though she kept getting pressed to explain why Trump’s tweet was necessary.
NBC’s Hallie Jackson acknowledged Trump’s right to defend himself from critics, but she still asked Sanders how does one justify the president’s behavior as a way to treat people. When Sanders motioned for discussions about policy, she ended up getting another question about how the president’s tweet will win over key Republican senators who have expressed concern about the GOP’s latest attempt to reform health care.
Watch above, via CNN.
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