In the age of Trump, you wouldn’t do well to think that someone whose job is to speak on the president’s behalf would actually do so. Trump isn’t the only one in his administration who has no idea what he’s doing.
At Thursday’s White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to comment on the president’s tweets, even though, as mentioned, it’s literally her job to speak for the president.
The briefing was conducted off camera, so there isn’t any video available. Nonetheless, a few White House reporters tweeted about what was going on this Thursday afternoon.
CBS’s Mark Knoller wrote, “‘Because I’m not the president,’ says
@SHSanders45, asked why Pres Trump can tweet about the Mueller investigation, but she can’t comment.”
"Because I'm not the president," says @SHSanders45, asked why Pres Trump can tweet about the Mueller investigation, but she can't comment.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 15, 2017
Sanders was asked to elaborate upon the president’s position on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia in light of tweets that he posted on Thursday morning.
Early Thursday, the president asserted that Mueller is conducting nothing more than a “witch hunt,” writing, “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
Rumors have circulated for some time that Trump is planning to fire Mueller, even though such would be highly unwise politically speaking, since that sort of thing is literally what got him into this mess in the first place. Trump has never shown himself to be much of a competent individual in any regard, however.
Notably, firing the Special Counsel in charge of investigating his team is what President Richard Nixon did a short time before he was out of office.
Rumors have also circulated for some time that Trump is planning to replace Press Secretary Sean Spicer with Huckabee Sanders. Such would certainly be fitting, since she seems to be suffering from the same epidemic of amnesia that has taken over the whole Trump camp.
Spokespeople are supposed to speak for the person they’re representing; they’re not supposed to give non-answers and refuse to comment on things. The question of whether or not Trump will try and obstruct justice again by firing Mueller is an important one, but Sanders wouldn’t comment on it beyond vague platitudes, saying that she “believes” that the President has confidence in Mueller. (Anyone with eyes can see that he doesn’t.)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders on whether Trump has confidence in Mueller: "I believe so"
— Sara Murray (@SaraMurray) June 15, 2017
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