Sarah Huckabee Sanders, taking the podium in place of Press Secretary Sean Spicer for a few days, displayed her talents against a liberal reporter during a White House press briefing on May 10, 2017. In this exchange with ABC News reporter Johnathan Karl, Sanders was forced to shut him down when he implied she was not being honest about President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The liberal reporter attempted to embarrass Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sanders as she filled in for Spicer, who is serving duty in the military reserves this week. Sanders had substituted for Spicer in the past, but this particular exchanged proved her spunk before the public and put the ABC reporter in his place. Karl even tried to fire off a list of thing Democrats are saying about Comey’s firing.
“Hold on Jonathan, I let you finish and read off every single one of those statements,” Sanders stopped the reporter in his tracks. “So, unless you want to trade place I think it’s my turn now.”
“The president is the only person that can fire the director of the FBI,” she continued. “He serves at the pleasure of the president. The president made the decision. It was the right decision.”
The tables turned on the ABC reporter and other liberal minded reporters in the room as Sanders moved forward.
“The people that are in the dark today are the Democrats,” she said. “They want to come out and talk about how they love Comey and how greate he was. Look at the facts…in Washington we finally had something that I think we should have been able to agree on, and that was that Director Comey shouldn’t have been at the FBI. But the Democrats want to play partisan games.”
“If Hillary Clinton had won the election, which thank God she didn’t, but if she had…she would have fired Comey immediately and the very Democrats that are criticizing the president today would be dancing in the streets celebrating. So it’s just, I think, the purest form of hypocrisy,” Sander stated.
In March, Sanders called out Kane on ABC’s This Week Sunday program regarding the reporter’s attempt to push Democrats agenda by narrating the so called Russian investigation and ties with the Trump campaign. The bid scandal, in her opinion, was the mainstream media’s obsession with the investigation rather than real issues.
“Just because reporters say something over and over and over again doesn’t start to make it true. At some point, we get to a place where we have got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about…”
“Look, I think there have been quite a few reports,” she said. “I know that Jonathan and others earlier in the program mentioned that it was all conservative media but that’s frankly not true. The New York Times [and the] BBC have also talked about and reported on the potential of this having . . . happened. I think the bigger thing is, let’s find out. Let’s have an investigation. If they’re going to investigate Russia ties, let’s include this as part of it and so that’s what we’re asking. . . . . If this happened, if this is accurate, this is the biggest overreach and the biggest scandal.”
During a February appearance on the ABC News program, Sanders said:
“I think the real easy answer here is that the FBI has already said this story is B.S. Those are their words, so I apologize to my mom. But literally those are the words of the FBI, that the story is B.S. They came to us, they approached us. We’re putting that story out there. I think the American people deserve to know the truth and that’s exactly what it is, that there’s nothing here. Just because reporters say something over and over and over again doesn’t start to make it true. At some point, we get to a place where we have got to move on and start focusing on the things that the American people care about and I don’t think this is it. We’ve talked about it time and time and time again, asked and answered. Let’s move forward. Let’s start talking about the economy. Let’s talk about education. Let’s talk about border security. Let’s talk about national security. That’s what’s keeping most Americans up at night. That’s what they want us focused on and that’s what this Administration is doing day in and day out.”