White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tore into the media during Monday’s press briefing over outrageous reporting speculating that President Donald Trump could be removed from office under the 25th Amendment.
A reporter asked Sanders if the White House was concerned about reporting from “mainstream” media outlets claiming Trump’s "crazy talk" could spell trouble for his presidency.
"There’s a lot of talk about that on many of the mainstream media outlets," the reporter said.
Sanders was having none of it.
"I think we would say that it’s about as ridiculous as most of Bob Woodward’s book," Sanders shot back.
She continued, "The fact that that’s actually being honestly discussed is ridiculous and, frankly, it’s insulting to the nearly 62 million people that came out and overwhelmingly supported this president, voted for him, supported his agenda, and are watching and cheering on as he successfully implements that agenda every single day."
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Former Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear,” features a slew of unconfirmed and salacious claims attacking President Trump.
Several of the claims have already been refuted, including that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly referred to Trump as an “idiot.”
“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true," Kelly said, arguing the book "is another pathetic attempt to smear people close to President Trump and distract from the administration’s many successes."
Secretary of Defense James Mattis has also refuted claims made in the book that mention him specifically.
Woodward writes in his book that Mattis left a meeting with Trump and told "close associates" that the president had the understanding of a "fifth- or sixth-grader." It's hard to believe that Mattis would talk about the commander in chief in such a manner.
“The contemptuous words about the President attributed to me in Woodward’s book were never uttered by me or in my presence. While I generally enjoy reading fiction, this is a uniquely Washington brand of literature, and his anonymous sources do not lend credibility," Mattis said in response.