White House press secretary Sarah Sanders seemed to reach her limit with one rude reporter during Tuesday’s daily press briefing.
Sanders was explaining President Donald Trump’s position that all Americans should stand for the national anthem out of respect for the country and military when White House correspondent April Ryan began shouting questions without being called on.
“Is the President aware that this is about police-involved shootings and not about disrespecting the flag?” Ryan shouted. “There are black and brown soldiers that fight in the military as well who feel that taking a knee, bringing attention to police-involved shooting is something that this White House should deal with.”
Sanders responded, “The president has made his position crystal clear” — but was then interrupted once again by Ryan.
It was at this point that Sanders was fed up.
“I let you rudely interrupt me and your colleague. I’m going to ask that you allow me to finish my answer,” Sanders shot back. “I would be happy to answer it if you stop talking long enough.”
With that terse response, the press room got very quiet. She was finally able to provide an answer to the original question.
“The president has made his position crystal clear on this topic. He feels strongly that standing for our national anthem is something that we should do, something that matters to what makes our country special and unique and what sets us apart,” she said. “He’s not going to waver on that. He’s not going to apologize for it.”
President Trump on Monday canceled the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles' planned visit after it emerged that only a handful of team members planned to travel to the White House.
"The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow," Trump said in a statement. "They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better."
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