This is a video I took Monday in the briefing room at the White House. Gives you a bit of an idea what it’s like to be in the room with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and the reporters.
Here, she argues that the media are partially responsible for the divisions in the country and says just maybe they could occasionally say something nice about President Trump:
You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country, when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this President does is negative, despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the President is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do if elected. And he got elected by an overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him, and wanted to see his policies enacted.
He’s delivered on that. He’s delivered on the promises he’s made. And, if anything, I think it is sad and divisive the way that every single thing that comes out of the media — 90 percent of what comes out of the media’s mouth is negative about this President, despite the fact that the economy is booming, despite the fact he said he would fix the trade deals.
He said he would defeat ISIS and he has. The President has been delivering day in and day out. And I think it would be nice if, every once and a while, we could focus on a few of the positive things the President has done, instead of just attacking him.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders went on offense Thursday morning, saying it was ridiculous to suggest President Trump is responsible for the suspicious packages sent to Democrats and slamming the media for assuming Trump was at fault.
Sanders appeared in a sort of mini-press conference at the White House. She said:
The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a republican baseball filed practice last year. The idea that this is at the hand of the president is absolutely ridiculous.
Right. Where was all the talk about Sanders’ incendiary rhetoric after that happened?
You guys continue to focus only on the negative. And there is a role to play. Yesterday the very first thing the president did was come out and condemn the violence. The very first thing your network did was come out and accuse the president of being responsible for it. That is not okay.
As she suggests, she can’t say otherwise because she speaks for the president, and the president has said the press IS the enemy of the people.
As I’ve noted, I do not think President Trump should be calling the press the enemy of the people, whatever its faults. But CNN’s Acosta ironically reveals in his questioning one reason the press has become such a target.
The protocol in the press room, and among the press in general, used to be to simply ask questions, not make statements. We took ourselves out of it. I once stood next to Nelson Mandela and didn’t try to shake hands with him because that would make me part of the story. And I wasn’t the story.
Acosta makes statements. He makes it about himself. He makes it about the press, not about getting information. He’s done this repeatedly, as do others.
When you are a player in the dialogue, you open yourself up to attack. The press needs to go back to reporting the news and working a lot harder to get their bias out of what they report.
President Trump is exploring “mechanisms” for revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Michael Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said certain officials have “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances” and made “baseless accusations” against Trump concerning Russia.
Of course, she’s right. These people are writing books and serving the Democrats. Why do they have access to our secrets to bash Trump with them? And why do they even need such access?
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will receive Secret Service protection in the wake of an incident at a restaurant in Virginia in which she was asked to leave.
I assume the incident magnified the number of threats against her. Reports I have seen suggest the Secret Service detail will be at her home, but I expect that doesn’t mean they won’t accompany her places at least sometimes.
As far as I’m aware, the press secretary has not previously required Secret Service protection. Maybe Maxine Waters, who is demanding harassment of Trump officials, is willing to foot the bill for taxpayers.
The Trump administration needs Congress to change the law in order to keep illegal parents and children together, unless the courts reinterpret it, which they likely won’t. Pelosi and Schumer have already indicated they don’t want Congress to move even a limited immigration bill.
Obama would say he needs Congress to act, and when it didn’t, like with DACA recipients, he simply wrote his own law.
If White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders leaves by the end of the year, as many expect, the leading candidate to replace her is State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, according to the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard. Bedard reports: “The big favorite internally and externally is Nauert,” said a Trump adviser. Raj Shah is another obvious… Continue Reading
The reason people are calling for an end to the White House briefing is exactly because of stunts such as this. And it’s a shame, because there are reporters in the White House press corps who want to ask honest questions, and they are being obscured by showboat moments such as this one by Playboy White… Continue Reading
There’s plenty of showboating going on. Always was a certain amount, but now more than ever. Still, some serious questions are asked, and it’s a good thing for Americans to see the White House being questioned. It’s just that the silliness gets most of the play after each briefing. Not sure what I think at… Continue Reading