White House press secretary Sarah Sanders got into a tense exchange with CNN White House correspondent April Ryan on Wednesday after the reporter broke decorum and disrupted the press briefing.
While Sanders was taking questions, Ryan began shouting at the press secretary out of turn. She wanted to know if “voter suppression” was an issue the Trump administration is addressing in its efforts to protect American elections from interference following Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Watch the tense video below:
“Sarah, is voter suppression included with that, please? I’m just asking you a question because you choose not to call on me,” Ryan shouted.
Sanders calmly told reporters to be respectful and allow her to take questions from the people she calls on. However, Ryan persisted and continued shouting.
“Voter suppression is a huge issue that a community in America has asked about,” she said. “You’re not going to answer me?”
When Sanders tried for a second time to move on to a reporter she actually called on, Ryan scoffed, “That’s alright, fine.”
While Ryan made it seem like she was intentionally being ignored, Sanders called on her later in the press briefing and allowed her to ask her question.
Sanders confirmed the Trump administration wants to do “everything in our power to protect the integrity of our elections.”
President Trump has commented several times on his recent meeting with Russian Vladimir Putin.
"So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting," Trump tweeted on Wednesday. "We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!"