The Trump administration’s press briefings have always been total (albeit entertaining) trainwrecks, so Sarah Huckabee Sanders seems to have landed on a fun strategy to keep the train on the rails: straight-up refusing to answer 90 percent of the questions lobbed in her direction.
Tuesday’s briefing was, if such a thing is possible, a new low. Here are just a few of the day’s extremely inartful dodges from Sanders:
On what President Trump meant when he said the FBI raid on his attorney Michael Cohen was an “attack on our country”:
I think that the president has been clear that he thinks that this has gone too far. And beyond that I don’t have anything to add, but I’d refer you back to the president’s comments.
On whether Trump still has no intention of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The president was asked this question directly last night, and I’d refer you directly to his comments.
...And what about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein? Did he sign off on the raid on Cohen’s office and house?
I’d refer you to the Department of Justice in terms of their process. Certainly the president has voiced his frustrations, but beyond that I don’t have anything else.
Is Trump still open to talking with Mueller?
That’s something that I would direct you to the president’s personal attorneys to answer that question.
Did FBI Director Christoper Wray also sign off on the Cohen raids?
Again, I’d refer you to the Department of Justice on the process and who did or did not sign off. That’s not something we were a part of here.
Is Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen even Trump’s lawyer anymore?
I’m not sure. I’d refer you to Michael Cohen on that.
Does the president deny having an affair with Stormy Daniels in the first place?
The president’s been clear on this several times. I don’t have anything else to add.
When pressed on how the president could call an investigation conducted by his own Justice Department a “WITCH HUNT,” Sanders instead lectured the reporters on what they should be doing instead.
We’ve spoken about this at length, at [sic] nauseam, and frankly think that its a big distraction that the media has spent every single day for the last year focused on this instead of some of the biggest issues of our day, and some of the biggest issues that the president is dealing with like Syria, like North Korea, like deregulation, tax cuts, defeating ISIS. That’s the focus of this administration, and frankly that’s what you guys should be spending a little bit more time... [trails off as a room full of angry reporters start shouting]
You can watch the whole thing in the video above if you really want to.