During a press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer any questions as to why Donald Trump has yet to condemn domestic violence abusers.
Sanders was continuingly asked as to why Trump has condemned domestic abuse himself.
“Why haven’t we heard the president say what you said right there, that he takes domestic violence very seriously?” ABC Correspondent Cecilia Vega asked Sanders.
“I spoke with the president and those are actually his words that he gave me directly today,” Sanders insisted. “It’s my job to speak on behalf of the president. I spoke to him and he gave that message directly to me and I read it directly to you.”
Another reporter pointed out that Vice President Mike Pence came out publicly to speak out against Porter, but Trump has not done that personally.
“Why not use this as an opportunity to say something like that?” the reporter wondered. “Why does he have to speak through you?”
“The president has been clear multiple times through myself and others in the administration that we condemn domestic violence,” Sanders opined.
“He has not said it,” the correspondent pressed. “Why has he not said it?”
“I’m the spokesperson for the White House and the president,” Sanders shot back. “And I’m saying it to you right now.”
“Why do you have to say it?” the reporter asked again. “Why can’t he say it?”
“I’m not sure how I can be any more clear,” Sanders replied. “The president has espoused his views on this and I certainly have echoed them for everyone.”
“He said that he wishes Porter well and people should have due process,” the correspondent pushed on. “But he hasn’t addressed the victims of domestic violence.”
Sanders insisted that the statements she gave were Trump’s own words and counts as his personal condemnation of domestic violence.
“He literally dictated that statement to me,” she said. “And so I’m not sure how that’s not the president speaking.”
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