‘I think it just once again proves why this journalist isn’t taken seriously…’
(John T. Bennett, CQ-Roll Call) White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday lashed out at congressional Democrats and reporter April Ryan as President Donald Trump and his team began their first week following release of Robert S. Mueller III’s report.
Democratic lawmakers wasted little time Thursday calling for her ouster following the special counsel’s report that detailed several instances in which Sanders misled reporters, especially about Trump’s decision-making before he fired then-FBI Director James Comey.
Ryan, an American Urban Radio Networks reporter who provides analysis for CNN, followed that night by calling for the same during an appearance on the network’s “Outfront” program.
“Not only does (Sanders) not have any credibility left, she lied,” Ryan said. “She outright lied and the people, the American people can’t trust her. They can’t trust what’s said from the president’s mouthpiece — spokesperson — from the people’s house. Therefore, she should be let go. She should be fired. End of story.
“When there is a lack of credibility there, you have to start … lopping the heads off,” Ryan added. “It’s ‘Fire Me Thursday’ or ‘Fire Me Good Friday,’ — she needs to go.”
Sanders fired back on Monday, criticizing both Ryan and other members of the White House press corps.
“Look, I’ve had reporters say a lot of things about me. They said I should be choked. They said I should deserve a lifetime of harassment,” she told Fox News without naming names. “But, I certainly never had somebody saying that I should be decapitated.
“This takes us to a new low even for the liberal media. I think it just once again proves why this journalist isn’t taken seriously,” Sanders said of Ryan, who has clashed with the president and his press team before.
Sanders said several times during her brief Fox hit — she has not briefed the media in the James Brady briefing room this month, holding just two formal briefings all year after Trump told her to pull the plug on the once-daily events — that the White House wants to “move on” from Mueller’s investigation.
“And I think our team needs to remain focused on how we keep pushing those things that actually help Americans and not engage in these petty fights with journalists simply that, again, shouldn’t be taken seriously,” she said. “I don’t think (they) are taken seriously and are just looking for a couple more minutes on TV. … And frankly, I think it’s time to move on.”
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