The next time White House press secretary Sarah Sanders faces off against a room full of reporters, she has an offer of help from Bill O’Reilly.
The former Fox News host extended an offer to Sanders for any time reporters fall “out of line” during White House press briefings.
On his Monday night digital show, O’Reilly recalled how he and Sanders spoke at a party on Sunday to honor newly confirmed German Ambassador Richard Grinnell, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I said, ‘Ms. Sanders, with all due respect, if you ever need me to stand next to you in those press briefings, I will volunteer to do that. And, if somebody gets out of line, I will tell them exactly what I think of their behavior,’ ” O’Reilly said.
Had the chance to speak with @PressSec over the weekend. Very smart woman. Told her that the press is not treating her well but the folks know she’s a patriot. Also said she has the toughest job in the country right now. I’ll tell you about it on https://t.co/fqUvO5EEW0 tonight.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) May 7, 2018
Although it was an “honest offer,” Sanders laughed, he recounted, as he recalled telling her that President Trump is “just flamboyant enough to maybe be OK it.”
The former “King of Cable,” who has known Trump for decades, said that in meeting Sanders for the first time, he did most of the talking, “as usual.”
“I told her that she is doing a great job, in the sense that it’s not a partisan play,” O’Reilly said. “She’s representing her country in very difficult circumstances, extremely difficult, and she’s a patriot — you know, she’s taken enormous amount of abuse, enormous.”
Sanders was not even behind the White House podium when she had to endure being mocked at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner by so-called comedian Michelle Wolf. Sanders received much praise – even from liberal critics – for handling herself with dignity and class in the face of Wolf’s tasteless and widely panned performance.
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