After another boneheaded Donald Trump tweet this morning, and the revelation made by Trump’s attorneys revealing, in a letter to Bob Mueller that Trump alone dictated that letter on Air Force One re: the Trump Tower meeting, it was borderline cruel for the White House to force Sarah Huckabee Sanders to hold a White House Press briefing today (not that I object to cruelty to SHS). She apparently came to the briefing with two prepared answers, and she was going to stick to those two prepared answers no matter what.
The first? When asked about a statement she made last August in which she said that the President did NOT dictate that letter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly says, “this is a reference back to a letter from the president’s outside counsel, and therefore I can’t answer and I would direct you to them.” Why is SHS insisting the media ask outside counsel about her statement?
Here’s SHS dodging the question for 33 seconds.
When another reporter tries to get her to answer the question, she dodges again with the same answer for 34 more seconds.
Here’s another reporter from The Washington Post asking the same question. Let’s try again!
Nope. Nope. Nope.
But she did have another non-answer in her arsenal today: “Thankfully, the President hasn’t done anything wrong,” in answer to the question, “Does the President believe he is above the law.”
Let’s try this again!
Jim Acosta tries to ask a follow-up question four times.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 4, 2018
Sarah Sanders: "Not today, Jim!" pic.twitter.com/VutIj8BXYq
Nope. Maybe one more time?
Reporter: "Does the President believe that he is above the law?"— CNN (@CNN) June 4, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders: "Certainly not. The President hasn't done anything wrong." https://t.co/FruqV0xyyF pic.twitter.com/6jnSnnVvYG
Next time, record yourself uttering two or three standard non-answers, put it on a loop, and leave the room. It’d be just about as useful.