Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday got into a heated exchange with reporter April Ryan after she asked about whether President Donald Trump is courting danger by contradicting his own administration’s lawyers about the nature of his proposed travel ban.
At issue was the fact that Trump on Monday morning sent out a tweet referring to his executive order on travel from certain Muslim-majority countries as a “travel ban,” even though the administration’s own lawyers have insisted that it isn’t a travel ban.
“How is the president not contradicting this administration when he tweets out ‘travel ban’… how is he not contradicting himself when he’s trying to get this thing through the Supreme Court?” Ryan asked.
“I don’t know how many times I have to answer this question today, but I’ll try to do it one more time,” Sanders replied. “I think the president isn’t concerned with what you call it. He’s concerned with national security and protecting people in this country.”
Ryan, however, tried to ask Sanders how Trump could justify saying the DOJ should simply scrap the second version of his travel ban and go back to the original version of the ban — which was also tossed out of court.
“He’s not concerned with being politically correct!” she replied. “He’s concerned with protecting the American people! I mean, that’s the bottom line here, and he’s going to take whatever step he can to move that agenda forward.”
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