White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it bothers her that Americans think she is lying to them from the White House podium.
“It certainly bothers me,” she told the New York Times about the “liar” label. “Because one of the few things you have are your integrity and reputation.” She added that “there’s a difference between misspeaking or not knowing something than maliciously lying.”
According to the Times:
No one would argue that a person’s integrity isn’t of paramount importance, I said. But I asked Sanders if there is a danger in linking your integrity to a president who might not always be known for accuracy. There have been many instances where the president has not told the truth, I said.
“But you’re asking about me,” Sanders said, not challenging the premise.
True, I said, but she has to speak for him. I asked the question another way: “Is it possible to be factual if you’re speaking for someone who is trying to make a point that is not factual?”
“Uh, I don’t know,” Sanders said. “I’m not following totally.”
Sanders told the Times that “there is a responsibility to be accurate.”
“I will always do everything I can to give the best Tand most accurate information at the time that I can,” she insisted.
“What’s true on Monday in terms of a process decision may change by Friday,” Sanders added. “And I can’t always know that things will be different.”
The Hill notes:
At a press briefing earlier this month, Sanders was pressed on why she told reporters that President Trump did not know his lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in “hush money” after Trump admitted he had, in fact, reimbursed Cohen.
Sanders told reporters at the May 3 press briefing that she was unaware of the information at the time of her original statement.