The president has an uncanny ability to return to the same talking points over and over and over again as if he’s the cliched broken record come to life.
Early Thursday morning, the president tweeted that he wants the Senate Intelligence Committee to investigate major mainstream news outlets for their “fake reporting.” The president’s tweet came after the committee announced that their findings supported the conclusion that Russia interfered in our elections, but possible Trump team collusion in that interference was still an open question to them.
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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about these comments from the president at the Thursday afternoon White House press conference, and her response was noteworthy, to say the least.
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Rather than, say, assert that her boss didn’t exactly mean what he said, as White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney did the other day, Sanders attempted to explain how the president was supposedly in the right for calling for a federal investigation into the free press.
She explained to CNN’s Jim Acosta that the press is supposedly coming up short in actually exercising their freedom because they don’t report as many positive stories as she thinks that they should. Of course, it’s not as though the press makes up the nonsense that the president pulls; for example, the array of clips showing the president completely out of place in Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico weren’t made up.
Evidently, however, Sanders is under the impression that, even though she works for one of the most hated presidents in history, the press is supposed to just pull positive stories out of thin air — or else.
She told Acosta:
‘The president is an incredible advocate of the First Amendment, but with the First Amendment, with those freedoms also come responsibilities. And you have a responsibility to tell the truth, to be accurate… you have the stock market and economic confidence at an all-time high, ISIS is on the run, unemployment is at the lowest level it’s been in 17 years, we’ve cut regulations at an historic pace, we’re fixing the V.A. for our vets… You’ve only found 5 percent of your time to focus on some of those issues.’
At least some of those stories, including the positive changes in the economy, have more to do with long term effects from President Obama’s policies than they have to do with President Trump’s policies.
Watch Sanders’ comments for yourself below.