White House reporters attacked press secretary and apologist Sarah Huckabee Sanders Thursday, questioning her about why the American public should believe anything that Trump says.
This comes less than one day after Rudy Giuliani said in an interview with network Fox News that President Trump reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the $130,000 he paid to porn star Stormy Daniels. The money was paid to Daniels to stay quiet about her affair with the president.
Correspondents for many outlets noted that Giuliani’s admission of the reimbursement contradicted past statements that were made by both Donald Trump and Sanders, who denied knowing anything about the payment.
Sanders said in the press briefing that she first found out about Trump reimbursing Michael Cohen for the payment while watching Giuliani’s interview for Fox News the night prior.
“Could you explain why the president, when he spoke, when he answered the questions from reporters a few weeks ago about the $130,000 payment from Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels, why the president was not truthful with the American people and with the people in this room?” asked The Associated Press’s Zeke Miller.
Jon Karl of ABC News similarly asked Sanders tough questions about Trump’s conflicting statements. Obviously, at least one of the president’s statements has to be a lie, but Sanders can’t just admit that or she’d lose her job, so she needed to lie more.
“Can I ask you when the president so often says things that turn out not to be true, when the president or the White House show what appears to be a blatant disregard of the truth, how are the American people to trust or believe what is said here or what is said by the president?” Karl asked her.
Karl also mentioned other statements made by Liar Trump that were later proven false, like his denial of a New York Times story that White House attorney Ty Cobb would leave and then be replaced by ex-President Clinton’s impeachment attorney, Emmet Flood. That staffing alteration was announced Wednesday.
Sanders replied to both reporters by lying that Trump wasn’t aware at first of the payments made by Crooked Cohen, but that Triump “eventually learned” about it, which is BS.
“We give the best information we have at the time. I do that every single day and will continue to do that every day under this position,” Sanders lied. Her job is to lie and of course she has to lie and say her job isn’t about lying.
CNN’s Jim Acosta challenged Sarah Huckabee Sanders about statements she previously made to reporters, lying that Trump did not know about any payment made to Stormy Daniels.
“You said on March 7 there was no knowledge of any payment from the president and he’s denied all these allegations. Were you lying to us at the time or were you in the dark?” he wondered.
Sanders explained that Trump has “continued to deny the underlying claim” that Stormy Daniels had an affair with the president.
“Again, I’ve given the best information I had at the time,” she lied, referring back to Rudy Giuliani’s comments regarding the reimbursement.
“The White House press office wouldn’t coordinate with the president’s outside legal team on legal strategy,” Sanders replied to a question from CNN reporter April Ryan, who asked her why the communications staff didn’t know about the reimbursement.
“You said yourself you were blindsided,” Ryan noted — a characterization Sanders disagreed with.
“With all due respect, you don’t know much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don’t,” Sanders snapped.
Giuliani informed The Washington Post earlier on Thursday that Donald Trump knew that he would speak publicly about the hush-money payment prior to the TV appearance.
The president also mentioned the payment in tweets early on Thursday, saying that Michael Cohen received a monthly retainer payment “from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA.”