WASHINGTON — American Urban Radio reporter April Ryan admitted that she made up a quote during a testy back-and-forth Thursday with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
Ryan asked Sanders if Rudy Giuliani did harm to President Trump in his Fox interview last night, and Sanders replied, “I don’t believe so.”
“You said yourself that you were blindsided,” April Ryan said.
“I actually didn’t use that term,” Sanders replied.
“Well, I said it. But you were blindsided in what you said” Ryan countered.
The confrontation was settled when Sanders explained to April Ryan, “With all due respect, you actually don’t know that much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don’t.”
Sanders also took more substantive questions.
“The president wants to see the requirements of Congress met by the Department of Justice” Sanders said regarding Rod Rosenstein, who is holding back documents from Congress. Sanders said she has not discussed with the president the House Freedom Caucus’ plan to impeach Rod Rosenstein.
“He lied during congressional testimony, and he has continually had contradictions since then. He has learned every day since firing Comey that it’s the right thing to do,” Sanders said of James Comey.
“The president frankly doesn’t have to have a justification. He can hire and fire whoever he wants.”
“No,” she said when asked if President Trump believes he is above the law.
“President Trump certainly feels like stopping a nuclear war…would be the number one priority of the president of the United States.”