Nobody Knows Anything in This White House

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

President Trump has compartmentalized information to basically himself and whomever else he is talking with at any given moment, which is making things very awkward for…well, for everybody. As Politico explains:

“We give the very best information that we have at the time.”

That was White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ response when ABC reporter Jonathan Karl asked her in Thursday’s press briefing how the American people could trust a president and White House that “show what appears to be a blatant disregard for the truth.”

It was a line she repeated again and again in her 17 minutes of taking questions from reporters in the briefing, the first since it was revealed that President Donald Trump had repaid Michael Cohen for the $130,000 in hush money the lawyer delivered to porn star Stormy Daniels — something both Trump and Sanders had previously denied knowledge of.

Not just in Thursday’s briefing, but overall, “the best information we have at the time” has become something of a go-to line for Sanders—her version of apparently throwing up her arms in the face of a president who has proved not only impulsive and prone to changing his mind, but who has exhibited an unprecedented propensity for falsehoods. As his official spokesperson, Sanders’ performance in Tuesday’s briefing left some reporters further questioning not just the president’s credibility, but also that of his press secretary and the entire White House.

Of course, today was not the first time that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood in front of reporters with her best “¯\_(ツ)_/¯ face.” Yet, it appears we are nearing a consensus that there is little reason to believe that Sanders actually speaks for the President at all. Following Sanders’ regular briefing today, CNN Political Director David Chalian said on the air that Sanders “has lost credibility with the American people and the reporters in that room.” That’s not hard to argue given some of these answers today:

As the Washington Post reports, Sanders is essentially admitting that she does not receive accurate information from President Trump:

We have seen claims of ignorance from behind the White House press briefing room’s podium before. That was the case in the aftermath of the botched explanations for FBI director James B. Comey’s firing. Sanders also offered a version of this when her explanations of the Rob Porter fiasco fell apart.

“We’re giving you the best information that we’re going to have,” Sanders said then, echoing what she said Thursday. “Obviously the press team’s not going to be as read-in, maybe, as some other elements, at a given moment, on a variety of topics. But we relay the best and most accurate information that we have, and we get those from those individuals.”

Sanders was also unable to confirm comments from new Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani that three American prisoners in North Korea may soon be released.

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  1. Davie says:

    And yet she seemed so sure:

    March 7 | Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    “There was no knowledge of any
    payments from the president.”

    “I’ve had conversations with the president about this,” said Ms. Sanders, the White House press secretary. “He has denied all these allegations.”

  2. gertie97 says:

    I've long had the opinion that she has the worst job in Washington. The question is, why in the world hasn't she quit?

    • Gray in Mountains says:

      She knows this is the high spot in her life. Still need more for the book

      • mamajama55 says:

        +10 That, and she is a Huckabee. Blind faith and loyalty to Republican Jesus are in her blood. Trump is not just her boss, he's her spiritual leader.  

        • Duke Cox says:

          Little does she know he is leading her straight into the clutches of Beelzebub!!…Bwahahahaha!

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          It isn’t faith, or loyalty to invisible superheroes, it’s just plain old snake-oil and confidence scamming.

          http://prospect.org/waldman/mike-huckabee-literally-con-artist

          Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swagart, Mike Huckabee, Huckabee-Sanders, fortune tellers, internet scammers . . .

          . . . these shitbags never go away, they’re all still here.  They just move from one scam to the next like waste flowing through a septic system, promoting and selling their worthless crap and latest miracles to gullibles as they ooze along.

          As PT is claimed to have noted, there are suckers born every minute, and every hour of every day you can find some Huckabeewannabe somewhere willing to grab a buck slinging to ‘em.  

          Scamming and graft are the only areas of this American economy where Yammy may have actually added some job growth.

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Lydia’s always the last to know . . . 

  4. Davie says:

    But you knew what I was when you came to work for me

  5. notaskinnycook says:

    Does she know that, as was once stated by a television character in her position, she's living the first line of her obituary?

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