A reporter clashed with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during Monday’s press briefing after he suspended his objectivity and accused President Donald Trump of “lying” about an important issue.
The reporter’s question was centered around two tweets posted by the president.
“HOUSE REPUBLICANS SHOULD PASS THE STRONG BUT FAIR IMMIGRATION BILL, KNOWN AS GOODLATTE II, IN THEIR AFTERNOON VOTE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THE DEMS WON’T LET IT PASS IN THE SENATE,” Trump tweeted. ‘PASSAGE WILL SHOW THAT WE WANT STRONG BORDERS & SECURITY WHILE THE DEMS WANT OPEN BORDERS = CRIME. WIN!”
A few days later, the president tweeted another message.
“I never pushed the Republicans in the House to vote for the Immigration Bill, either GOODLATTE 1 or 2, because it could never have gotten enough Democrats as long as there is the 60 vote threshold,” the president wrote. “I released many prior to the vote knowing we need more Republicans to win in Nov.”
“Why would the president lie about something like that?” the reporter asked.
The reporter got a scorching response from Sanders as she provided important context behind Trump's statements.
Watch the full exchange below:
“He didn’t,” Sanders shot back. “The president has talked all along; we’ve laid out the priorities and the principles that we support; that we wanted to see reflected in legislation. At the same time, the president wasn’t aggressively lobbying members because he knew that Democrats in the Senate still were unwilling to actually come to the table and focus on solutions rather than playing political games.”
She added, “Democrats have made it abundantly clear that they don’t actually want to fix problems. … I guess for some reason they think this is a good issue for them, although it isn’t. Frankly, I think it’s outrageous that Democrats have not come to the table and tried to help fix this problem.”
The reporter did not attempt to ask a follow-up question.