White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was forced to fend off multiple jeering reporters who pressed her on the seemingly contradictory statements the Trump administration issued on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Early on Thursday, Sanders released a statement opposing an amendment that would’ve increased limits on surveillance allowed under the law. But she was soon after contradicted by the president, who tweeted saying that the act “may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?”
During the daily press briefing, Sanders insisted the president was familiar with the House bill, including Section 702, which allows some warrantless surveillance of foreigners overseas.
“We don’t think there was a conflict at all,” Sanders said, adding that Trump was pleased with the House bill but has “overall concern” about the surveillance policies.
That wasn’t enough for MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson, who pressed Sanders to explain how exactly Trump’s missives did not contradict each other.
“His tweet today was confusing, it was contradictory. It just was,” Jackson went on, before asking how people can trust administration officials to relay the president’s positions if he changes them seemingly on a whim.
“I think that the premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows the lack of knowledge you have on this issue,” Sanders immediatly replied.
When she continued to press Sanders again, the Press Secretary replied: “It wasn’t confusing for me, I’m sorry if it was for you.”
Watch Sanders’ full defense to Jackson below.
Sanders personally attacks @HallieJackson after she asks a question about Trump's confusing FISA tweet.
"I think that the premise of your question is completely ridiculous and shows the lack of knowledge that you have on this process." pic.twitter.com/kCX2wfXrdI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 11, 2018
Earlier in the press briefing, Sanders attempted to brush off CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s questions about whether Trump fired off many early morning tweets after watching “Fox & Friends” segments, a well-documented habit.
“I’m sure you’re disappointed he’s not watching CNN,” Sanders said.
“I think he watches a lot of CNN, if you don’t mind me saying,” Acosta replied
“I don’t think that’s true, or your numbers would be higher,” Sanders shot back.
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