White House press secretary Sarah Sanders fired a shot at conservative critics of President Donald Trump at a press briefing not carried by some networks.
Despite murmuring about the lack of press briefings in over one month, some of the major cable news networks still did not provide live coverage of the event Monday afternoon as Sanders answered questioned following other Trump advisers.
Sanders’ first question-and-answer period since Dec. 18, and the first of 2019, followed remarks from National Security Advisor John Bolton, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow but CNN and MSNBC opted out of airing the event live.
CNN presented a live broadcast of its own on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” airing from Des Moines, IA, where later in the night, Tapper would host a town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris. Over at MSNBC, viewers also were unable to watch the White House press briefing live. Instead, they were offered a panel discussion on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation on Nicolle Wallace‘s “Deadline: White House.”
The full briefing, with the trio of Trump advisers preceding Sanders, was aired live on both Fox News and Fox Business Channel, however.
Sanders took to the podium to answer a variety of questions, including ones about the possibility of another government shutdown following the president’s deal last week to temporarily reopen the government while negotiations get underway for a spending bill.
Asked if federal employees should be concerned about missing another paycheck if a deal is not reached, Sanders responded: “My advice would be to call your Democrat members of Congress and ask them to fix the problem so that we don’t have to continue having this process, and so that we actually secure the border and protect American citizens.”
Francesa Chambers of the Daily Mail followed up her question by bringing up criticism by “influential conservatives” of the president’s decision to end the shutdown, a move many Trump supporters slammed as a “concession” to Democrats and caving-in to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“The president tweeted over the weekend and said that he made no concessions whatsoever. But influential conservatives are saying that he made concessions in this,” Chambers said.
“Because he originally said that he would not sign any legislation that did not include money for the border wall, And then he went ahead and did that. And granted it only keeps the government open the next three weeks, he said he wouldn’t do that either,” she added. “So how can the president say that he made absolutely no concessions to Democrats on this legislation?”
“Because the conversations are still ongoing,” Sanders replied before her not-so-subtle jab at the critical conservatives complaining about Trump’s actions.
“And I would argue that conservatives that actually have influence have supported the president throughout this process,” the press secretary said.
“They believe in border security, they believe in protecting Americans just like the President. They stand with him,” she added. “Again, this is a simple fix. It’s easy for Democrats to sit down and come to an agreement and work with us to get border security. “
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