Reports that President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen brought in millions of dollars peddled his influence to various companies proves Trump has drained the swamp, White House press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at Friday’s briefing.
With a straight face.
Hours before her briefing, AT&T’s CEO said his company’s financial arrangement with Cohen, all $600K of it, had been a big mistake. That specific revelation further proves the president is not going to be influenced by special interests, Sanders insisted, adding, “This is actually the definition of draining the swamp.”
One correspondent took the bait and played her straight man, asking how Cohen’s antics defines swamp draining.
“I think it’s pretty clear, the Department of Justice opposed the [AT&T/Time Warner] merger, and so certainly the president has not been influenced, or his administration influenced, by any outside special interest,” Sanders beamed.
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She declined to discuss a remark made this week by a White House aide, that President Trump should not worry about Sen. John McCain’s opposition to his CIA director pick because “he is dying anyway.”
“I’m not going to comment on an internal staff meeting,” Sanders responded, looking-through-her-lorgnette-ily, when asked about Kelly Sadler’s cruel crack.
Asked again why the White House does not just apologize and move on, Sanders responded, “I’m not going got get into a back and forth because people want to create issues out of a leaked staff meeting.”
McCain’s daughter Meghan had wondered, earlier in the day on The View, why Sadler still has a job at the White House after making the remark.
“Does Kelly Sadler still work at The White House?” a reporter asked Sanders. “Yes, she does,” Trump’s rep responded.
Sanders also got asked again about that recent Trump tweet in which he said “91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake)” and suggested taking away credentials.
“Do you have the view that all negative stories about the president are fake?” one reporter wondered.
“No,” Sanders said and moved on quickly.
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