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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Damning CNN timeline shows how Trump ‘thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people’
CNN's Brianna Keilar on Monday delivered a damning verdict on President Donald Trump's racist attacks on Democratic lawmakers -- and she backed it up with a timeline of the president's bigoted words and actions.
During a segment about Trump’s weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Keilar argued that the president's racism is part of a pattern of bigotry that's followed him throughout his life.
"This fits a pattern to the president who has long made it clear that he thinks white people matter more than nonwhite people, even if they're American," she said. "30 years ago he called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five minority youths who were falsely accused of rape. Trump [is] still refusing to believe their innocence 16 years after they were exonerated."
MSNBC host says Trump just openly embraced racists: ‘This actually feels different to me’
On Monday, President Donald Trump went on an unhinged rant against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
In an often rambling question session with reporters, Trump repeatedly told the two Congresswomen to leave America (both are U.S. citizens) if they're so critical of the U.S. and Israel.
MSNBC host Ali Velshi observed that Trump had truly crossed the line and directly appealed to the sentiments of white nationalists.
MSNBC's @AliVelshi: This time "actually feels different to me. This feels like the president really owning the idea that he's saying things that are attractive to white nationalists and racists." pic.twitter.com/vtK1T3GHuU
World hunger on the rise with more than 820 million at risk, UN report says
More than 821 million people suffered from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday -- the third year in a row that the number has risen.
After decades of decline, food insecurity began to increase in 2015 and reversing the trend is one of the 2030 targets of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
But getting to a world where no one is suffering from hunger by then remains an "immense challenge," the report said.
"The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World" was produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other UN agencies including the World Health Organization.