President Donald Trump reportedly was displeased that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t walk out of the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, the New York Times wrote on Monday.
Comedian Michelle Wolf, who writes for The Daily Show, roasted Sanders at the annual “nerd prom” and drew flak from both sides of the political aisle for what some viewed as insults to Sanders’ appearance.
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful,” Wolf joked. “But she burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies.” Wolf also called Sanders a liar and blasted her for parroting false claims by the president.
“Her actions say far more about her than about me,” Sanders tweeted the following day.
On Tuesday morning, amidst reports that the relationship between Sanders and the president “has begun to sink,” Wolf tweeted that Trump was “weak” for sending Sanders to the dinner in his place.
Even weaker: sending her in your place. https://t.co/cYAVrPCcmv
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) June 26, 2018
Wolf’s tweet calling Trump weak got some hilarious reactions on Twitter.
— Alex Jaggard (@JaggardAlex) June 26, 2018
“The fact he sees walking out as being strong should tell us all we need to know,” one user quipped.
The fact he sees walking out as being strong should tell us all we need to know…
— Robert Hardcastle (@BobbyHardcastle) June 26, 2018
— 🦋 Checkmate_TX 🦋 (@CHQM8_tx) June 26, 2018
“Mr. Trump has told people in the West Wing that he thought Ms. Sanders should have walked out,” writes Maggie Haberman, a reporter who has had intimate access to the president, “as another White House official, Mercedes Schlapp, chose to do in a showy display.”
Haberman also noted that Trump has begun to “sour” on Sanders, and has made threats that he is “going to grade” her press conferences. As the Times pointed out, Trump “shies away from confrontation and does not relish firing people.”