White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders broke down in tears Monday at the White House's first press briefing in weeks, as she delivered a statement on the massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Reading without inflection from a prepared script, Sanders eyes were already red and watery.
"Today America grieves for the precious lives that were cruelly stolen. Our hearts ache for every person who lost a loved one," she said as her voice cracked occasionally. "The 11 Jewish Americans represented the very best of our nation."
It was only when she came to the topic of the president's own family that she began to have trouble keeping her composure.
Trump, she said, "adores Jewish Americans as part of his family."
"The president is the grandfather of several Jewish grandchildren," Sanders said gulping back tears, as she tried to defend a president who has often trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes. "His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendant of Holocaust survivors."
Sanders added that the president would be traveling to Pennsylvania to meet with the victims, and with that, she returned to attacking the media.
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