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‘Do Your Job, Sarah!’: Angry Reporters Shout At Sanders As She Flees Podium After Short Briefing

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‘Do Your Job, Sarah!’: Angry Reporters Shout At Sanders As She Flees Podium After Short Briefing





White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders delivered a rare press briefing Tuesday afternoon, as President Trump and Congress negotiate over a partial government funding bill.

Sanders, who arrived late to the briefing, departed the briefing room after about ten minutes, angering some reporters.

“This was a ten-minute briefing, Sarah!” one reporter exclaimed.

“Do your job, Sarah!” another reporter shouted as she raced to the exit.



Sanders’ last press briefing was on November 27, according to CBS News.



Reporters who were in the room when the incident happened have identified one of the reporters who yelled at Sanders as Andrew Feinberg, White House correspondent for independent news site Breakfast Media.

Feinberg seemed to admit being the person it in his own Twitter thread:



He continued his Twitter thread:

Do I get a response to that note? Never. Do I ever get responses to my requests to speak with administration officials? Never.  Do I get calls returned or answers to any other questions I am told to pose via email? Never.

I, like many other reporters for smaller outlets, am not part of the rotating “pool” of reporters who are permitted to pose questions to the president and other officials during so-called “pool sprays.” In theory we can still ask to be join the “pool” as “extras” for an event.

Has a single one of those requests been granted in the year and a half she has been in the @PressSec job? Never. Her office also arranges invite-only pen-and-pad briefings with senior officials (Chief of Staff, Nat’l Security Adviser, etc) on occasion.

I am at the White House nearly every day but do I ever hear about them before I see nearly every other reporter coming out of them? No.

Now, one can argue that the White House press secretary has a limited amount of time and attention, and that she has to be judicious in how she allocates both. I wholeheartedly agree.

But, but, BUT…

I’m not the only reporter who [Sanders] has apparently decided is insignificant enough to ignore. By ignoring me and others like me, she effectively ignores those Americans who read our work and rely on us for news each day.

Bottom line: [Sanders] refuses to brief us, when she does she arranges it to avoid taking more than a few questions before ducking out, and for most of us she’s totally unresponsive. Why is she in that job drawing $180k/yr salary if she won’t perform its essential functions?



The contentious press briefing also comes on the same day that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appeared in court to be sentenced for lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian Envoy Sergey Kislyak.

The sentencing took a stunning turn on Tuesday after a “disgusted” judge scolded the former Trump Cabinet member, saying that lying to the FBI is a “very serious offense” and questioning whether he could have been charged with treason before postponing a decision about how much time he should serve.

“This is a very serious offense,” U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan told Flynn at the hearing. “A high-ranking senior official of the government making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation while on the physical premises of the White House.”

“All along, you were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States,” Sullivan scolded Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials and work for the Turkish government. “Arguably, that undermines everything this flag overhear stands for. Arguably, you sold your country out.”

“I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain, for this criminal offense,” he continued.





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