Stephanopoulos Grills Sarah Sanders Over Shutdown: ‘Do You Really Want to’ Question Schumer’s Knowledge?
Press Sec. on gov’t shutdown: “I think frankly and sadly that Sen. Schumer is playing games. Look, he wants to make it like this is the president’s fault and that the president hasn’t been anything but clear, but he has.” pic.twitter.com/vxmPEexOYG
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 22, 2018
George Stephanopoulos grilled White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over the derailed immigration talks that led to the ongoing government shutdown on Monday morning.
Stephanopoulos first noted on Good Morning America that even Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell don’t know what President Donald Trump wants in terms of an immigration deal.
“Then I think maybe sometimes they’re not paying attention,” Sanders said, before explaining the president’s priorities on immigration.
“I don’t know what’s confusing about that,” Sanders said. “I know that sometimes members like Senator Schumer need a little help and guidance getting through big policy negotiations like that.”
“Do you really want to be questioning Senator Schumer’s knowledge of this legislation?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Look if he’s unclear about what the president has laid out then possibly,” Sanders replied. “I think frankly and sadly that Senator Schumer is playing games. Look, he wants to make it like this is the president’s fault and that the president hasn’t been anything but clear, but he has.”
Stephanopoulos continued to grill Sanders on why the president hasn’t held bipartisan meetings at the White House to lock down a deal and reopen the government — something Trump called for when President Obama was in office.
“Different circumstances call for a different type of leadership,” Sanders replied. “He’s been incredibly engaged.”
“No meetings this weekend, Sarah,” Stephanopoulos reminded her.
“He’s had a lot of meetings internally with staff,” Sanders replied.
Watch above, via ABC.
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