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Sarah Huckabee Sanders shut down a White House reporter during a press conference Friday. CNN’s April Ryan tried to force a conversation that Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico was “controversial” — meaning the whiny San Juan mayor made a fuss.
(When Mayor Cruz joined Joy Reid on the “The Rachel Maddow show” Tuesday night, she called Trump’s actions during his visit “terrible and abominable,” and criticized the round table discussion as a “PR 17-minute meeting.”)
Sanders talked right over Reid and said that the San Juan mayor made “zero comments” when President Trump opened the table for discussion during his visit to PR. She said the visit was not “controversial” and was in fact “widely praised, even by a Democrat Governor.” She also argued the Mayor was “politicizing” the visit rather than “focusing on the relief efforts.”
“I think that it is sad that the Mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of a time of focusing on the relief efforts. The president invited her to be part of that conversation. He specifically asked in the meeting where many were present, including a couple dozen other mayors who were very happy with the recovery effort, the governor, the congresswoman – he opened the floor up for discussion and she actually made zero comments.”
Sarah suggested the round table discussion was the right time to “weigh in and ask for what she needed” for San Juan.
“To me, that would have been the time and the place that [Mayor Cruz] should have weighed in and asked for what she needed and laid out what she was asking for, for San Juan. She didn’t,” Huckabee Sanders said.
Sanders concluded with a word of advice: “Instead, she chose to wait until the president left, and then criticized him on TV. Which I think is the wrong thing for her to do for her constituents, and I hope the next time she is given the opportunity to help her constituents, she’ll take it,” she said.
If you enjoy watching CNN get slapped as much as I do, here’s the video.