White House official defends Sarah Sanders' press briefing meltdown by suggesting Jim Acosta is 'dangerous'
Mercedes Schlapp (Screenshot)

A White House spokeswoman on Friday said that "fake news" was dangerous when asked about press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refusing to tell CNN's Jim Acosta that the press was not the enemy of the American people.


Sanders on Thursday clashed with Acosta, after the CNN reporter asked about President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media.

"What this morning is the talk inside the White House after that moment in the White House press briefing yesterday, a contentious moment between Sarah Sanders and Jim Acosta of CNN," asked Fox News host Sandra Smith. "He pressed her to say the press is not the enemy of the people and ended up walking out of the briefing."

"You know, fake news is dangerous," White House strategic communications adviser Mercedes Schlapp replied. "We know for a fact that many of these so-called news reporters, okay, that go out there have a complete disdain for President Trump."

"It is no wonder we've seen that 90% of the media coverage for President Trump has been negative. What American people want to see is fair, objective coverage. Quite frankly you've had reporters who cried the day that President Trump won and they show their bias."

"I think it's very troubling," Schlapp continued. "For that being said the president has to defend himself. The president and those of us in the administration who have been blamed and have been called names by journalists. We really want to be able to be able to talk about the president's winning message."

"It is very hard when you have reporters who prefer to see themselves on camera all the time and many of the liberal media who have complete disdain for this president and refuse to acknowledge any of the positive work he is doing."

Fox News host Bill Hemmer then encouraged the Trump administration to "go on the offense."

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