White House correspondent April Ryan was not having a good day Thursday.
After getting taken down by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders for putting words in her mouth, The CNN political analyst got into a verbal brawl with chief spokesman for Trump’s transition team, Jason Miller, during a CNN panel discussion.
After Ryan whined about how Sanders treated her at the daily press briefing, host Erin Burnett asked Miller to weigh in on the “accurate” description of how things played out. Ryan had questioned Sanders about why Rudy Giuliani had not informed the White House press office about statements he had made which apparently “blindsided” the press secretary.
“Look, I thought Sarah did fantastic today,” Miller began.
“The fact that we’re talking about Sarah not making a bunch of news, and that’s actually driving the news, I don’t think is necessarily a bad thing. I mean, the fact of the matter is, this White House should have had and this presidency should have had an outside counsel that was handling these types of issues a year ago,” Miller continued.
“This is not the job of the White House, this is not the job of the White House press secretary. Sarah does a fantastic job every single day…” he said before Ryan interjected.
“That’s not true,” she said.
“No, it is true. Sarah does a fantastic job putting forth information —” Miller said before Ryan cut in again.
“April, why are you making it personal?” he asked.
“Spin it the way you want to spin,” April shot back. “She attacked me. She attacked me for asking a question, don’t go there, honey. Don’t go there.”
“April, I’m sorry that you’re upset,” Miller said, as the two talked over each other.
Ryan opined about communication in the years under former President Bill Clinton and how they “had outside attorneys and inside attorneys, the White House press shop somewhat knew what was going on because they communicated.”
She went on to complain that the Trump administration “talk amongst themselves and leave other people out.”
“The first word of outside counsel is ‘outside.’ So now they have a structure with Mayor Giuliani,” Miller cut in.
“Thank you for that elementary education,” Ryan replied.
“I’m explaining because clearly you don’t get it. That’s why you’re the fifth or sixth reporter…” Miller said before Ryan cut him off and the debate escalated once again.
“After five or six times of folks going to her she said, ‘I wasn’t part of the legal team,’ this wouldn’t have been a conversation I would have been part of,” Miller said, defending Sanders. “Then April, you came and followed up with basically the exact same question, trying to pin her down, saying were you blind-sided? She is not part of the legal team. She is part of —”
“I’m doing my job. Do you have a problem with me doing my job?” Ryan jumped in.
“By asking the exact same question that five or six —” Miller attempted to speak.
“There is a problem with me asking a question?” Ryan asked, insisting Sanders made the moment personal. “She was blind-sided. The facts are she was blind-sided. For her to make it a personal attack —”
“The reality is she’s been willing to weigh in on this before, she calls plenty of women liars, she weighs in on it again and again, she says she doesn’t know about the payment,” host Erin Burnett jumped in with profound journalistic bias to end the heated debate. “She should have said nothing before but that is not what happened.”
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