After watching a train crash in slow motion for the last 18 hours, Sarah Huckabee Sanders got her chance to change the narrative on Thursday afternoon. Instead, she piled another few cars onto the flaming wreckage.
Sanders faced the press corps after Rudy Giuliani blew a huge hole last night in the administration’s narrative that Trump was unaware of Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels. Asked why Trump had blatantly lied about this, Sanders did her best to muddle the timeline a bit more.
“As Mayor Giuliani stated, this was information that the president didn’t know at the time but eventually learned,” she said, incredibly.
Pressed about how on earth Trump couldn’t have known he was paying Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars—especially since the payments began in 2017, many months before Trump claimed he knew nothing about them—the press secretary again insisted that new information surfaces all the time. That’s just how this goes! That’s also what she said when asked if she had been lying when she confidently asserted in March that she had spoken to Trump and could confirm he didn’t know about any payments.
“We give the very best information that we have at the time,” she said, offering up a line she repeated several more times before the briefing ended. “I do that every single day and will continue to do that every day I’m in this position.”
Again, remarkable stuff from the woman literally paid to lie on Trump’s behalf.
The wildest moment came at the end, when veteran journalist April Ryan asked if Giuliani had harmed the president in his Fox News interview and suggested that Sanders had been “blindsided” by the news. Sanders really let her anger fly, snapping, “With all due respect, you don’t know much about me.”
One thing is exceedingly clear, just in case it wasn’t already: attending the press briefing with Sanders is a monumental waste of time.