President’s spokesperson says she can’t speak for the president because she’s not the president
In an off-camera 18-minute gaggle held Thursday, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders seemed to infer that she was barred from the discussing the tweets President Trump fired off earlier that morning. The president kicked off the day by accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of leading a witch hunt against him amid news that the independent counselor is investigating President Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice in the FBI Russia probe.
“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history,” President Trump tweeted, “led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
Beyond confirming that Mueller was at the White House “for a job interview” the day before Rod Rosenstein appointed him and answering “I believe so” when asked if the president still has confidence in Mueller, the deputy press secretary didn’t have much else to say about the topic. According to CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller, Sanders told reporters to direct all other Mueller questions to the president’s outside attorney, Mark Kasowitz.
When Knoller pressed further, asking why the president can tweet about the ongoing investigation, but she can’t comment on said tweets, Sanders responded, “Because I’m not the president.”
It’s a curious statement to make considering that nine days ago press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Trump’s tweets should be considered “official statements.”
Shouldn’t the president’s official spokesperson be able to comment on official statements made by the president? Of course, that logic probably only applies to presidents who aren’t unhinged grifters who can’t keep a story straight.