White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is known for her no-nonsense approach and fiery answers to the many questions she gets asked during press briefings and Monday’s briefing was no exception.
It has been an eventful few weeks since the last press briefing, and the reporters gathered at the White House had a laundry list of questions to ask Sanders.
One reporter asked if President Donald Trump would tone down his need to “punch back” after a national tragedy.
Watch Sarah Sanders’ response in the video below:
Here’s how it all went down:
Reporter: “At what point does a national tragedy take precedence over the president needing to punch back? If not now, when?”
Sarah Sanders: “I think you saw the president do exactly that in the wake of a national tragedy, not just this week, but every time our country has experienced this type of heartache and pain that we have over the past week.
“This is a president who has risen to that occasion and worked to bring our country together in a number of occasions, whether it’s the hurricanes, whether its the Las Vegas shooting, whether it’s the Pittsburgh shooting, all horrible, horrible tragedies that this country has experienced. And this president has come out and condemned the attacks when it is caused by an individual and tried to look for ways to provide and bring the country together when it’s a natural disaster.”
Reporter: But both he and you have also acknowledged that in the next breath after he calls for unity he does talk about division in what you describe as “drawing contrast.” Is he incapable of, in the words of some, “toning it down” and toning down the rhetoric?
Sanders: “Again, I think the president has had a number of moments of bringing the country together. Once again, I’ll remind you that the very first thing the president did was condemn the attacker and the very first thing the media did was blame the president.
“You guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country. When 90 percent of the coverage of everything this president does is negative despite the fact that this country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the president is delivering on exactly what he said he was going to do.
“If elected, and he got elected by an overwhelming majority of 63 million Americans who came out and supported him and wanted to see his policies enacted, he’s delivered on that. He’s delivered on the promises he’s made.
“And if anything, I think it is sad and divisive that every single thing that comes out of the media, 90 percent of what comes out of the media’s mouths, is negative about this president. Despite the fact that the economy is booming, despite the fact that he said he would fix the trade deals, he’s done exactly that. He said he would defeat ISIS and he has.
“The president has been delivering day in and day out and I think it would be nice if every once and a while we could focus on a few of the positive things the president has done instead of just attacking him.
“Thanks so much, guys, have a great day.”