USA: Sanders under fire for refusal to say press not ‘enemy of people’

SOT, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary: «I think the President has made his position known, I also think it’s ironic. I'm trying to answer your question. I politely waited and I even called on you despite the fact that you interrupted me by calling on your colleague.» SOT, Jim Acosta, White House Correspondent for CNN: «Which is why I interrupted, but if you finish, but if you... Еще would not mind letting me have a follow up that would be fine, but» SOT, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary: «It's ironic, Jim, that not only you and the media attack the president for his rhetoric when they frequently lower the level of the conversation in this country. Repeatedly, repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger. The media has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including your own network, said I should be harassed as a life sentence. That I should be choked. ICE officials are not welcome in their place of worship and personal information is shared on the internet. When I was hosted by the Correspondents Association, of which almost all of you are members of, you brought a comedian up to attack my appearance and called me a traitor to my own gender. In fact, as I know, as far as I know, I am the first press secretary in the history of the United States that has required secret service protection. The media continues to ratchet up the verbal assault against the president and everyone in this administration, and certainly we have a role to play, but the media has a role to play for the discourse in this country as well.» SOT, Jim Acosta, White House Correspondent for CNN: «If I may follow up, If I may follow up, excuse me, you did not say in the course of those remarks that you just made that the press is not the enemy of the people. Are we to take it from what you just said, we all get put through the ringer, we all get put through the meat grinder in this town, and you're no exception, and I am sorry that that happened to you, I wish that that had not happened. But, for the sake of this room, the people who are in this room, this democracy and this country, all the people around the world are watching what you're saying Sarah, and the White House for the United States of America, the President of the United States should not refer to us as the enemy of the people. His own daughter acknowledges that, and all I'm asking you to do, Sarah, is to acknowledge that right now and right here.» SOT, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary: «I appreciate your passion, I share it, I've addressed this question, I've addressed my personal feelings. I'm here to speak on behalf of the President; he's made his comments clear.» White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred with CNN correspondent Jim Acosta during a press briefing in Washington DC on Thursday, after Acosta asked she state the media is not the enemy of the people. «It would be a good thing if you were to say right here at this briefing that the press, the people who are gathered in this room right now, doing their jobs everyday asking questions of officials like the ones you brought forward earlier are not the enemy of the people, I think we deserve that,» Acosta said. In response, Sanders said «repeatedly, the media resorts to personal attacks without any content other than to incite anger. The media has attacked me personally on a number of occasions, including your own network, said I should be harassed as a life sentence.» Sanders also referenced her treatment at the Correspondents Association event, in which she was heckled by Comedian Michelle Wolf for her appearance, and that as far as she knew, she is the «first press secretary in the history of the United States that has required secret service protection.»

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