Sarah Sanders Insists WH ‘Very Committed to a Free Press’ After Trump’s Threat to Pull Credentials
Here comes the Sarah Huckabee Sanders train to get everything back on the right track after yet another President Donald Trump Twitter Bomb targeting the free press.
ABC News’ Cecilia Vega asked the burning question after the president’s indication today that the press ought to perhaps lose its credentials for reporting “fake news” of whether that’s a line the administration is “willing to cross,” and Sanders assured her and the rest of us that the free press isn’t going anywhere. (Kinda sorta.)
“I’m standing up in front of you right now taking your questions,” Sanders said. “I think a number of you have mentioned both off air or on air, in private, in a number of other occasions that this is one of the most accessible White Houses.”
“We’re very committed to a free press and I think we demonstrate that every single day, not only by me being up here and taking your questions as I’m doing right now, the president did it just a couple of hours ago and has made multiple sets of remarks and will be in front of the press later tonight as well,” she continued.
But Vega would not be so easily mollified. “How would the suggestion of taking American journalists’ press credentials away [be] advocating for a free press in this country?” she asked. “Those two do not go together.”
“The fact I’m taking questions and the president took questions from your colleagues just two hours ago demonstrates this White House’s commitment to accessibility and to providing information to the American public,” Sanders repeated.
And then came the terrifying caveat. “At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information,” she said.
She then cited a New York Times story that said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was “AWOL” when he was flying to North Korea and a Washington Post story which suggested the First Lady does not live in the White House as examples of inaccurate news stories put out recently.
Watch above, via CNN.
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