As news broke of yet another member of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign team being indicted, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a statement to the press corps. Despite the indictment of Roger Stone being related to his false statements about Trump's campaign, Sanders claimed it was unrelated to the President or White House in any way.
Often criticized for her ability to lie and attempts to shift blame, Sanders talents were on full display.
When a press corps member asked about President Trump's Twitter posts about Roger Stone prior to his indictment, Sanders deflected by calling the question insulting instead of answering. So how did Sanders justify her claim that Stone's indictment was unrelated to President Trump?
She did not; she just made the claim and deflected any attempts to request clarification or justification.
Watch Sanders remarks here.
Press Sec. Sarah Sanders responds to Roger Stone indictment: "This doesn't have anything to do with the President,… https://t.co/xKEO4CLUGH— ABC News (@ABC News)1548426927.0
See Sanders further remarks here.
Sanders later appeared on CNN and again evaded all direct questions.
Sarah Sanders is asked at least twice about whether Trump directed "a senior Trump Campaign official" to contact Ro… https://t.co/gu34UIq0pt— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1548426723.0
While the White House press corps has little recourse against Sanders dishonesty and evasion, the public can let the White House know what they think through the President's favorite form of communication: Twitter.
People took to the social media site to express their viewpoints which mainly criticized Trump's Press Secretary. Some wondered why a simple answer was not the appropriate response to questions about the President's involvement.
@kylegriffin1 Seems like “no” would have been the quickest, easiest answer to this question, but 🤔— Space Force Squadron Leader Brian E. Ford (@Space Force Squadron Leader Brian E. Ford)1548426911.0
@ABC @TheView Sarah Sanders has a lot to worry about & now is trying to watch what she saying, lol hilarious, after… https://t.co/IKuASj5mOP— MY “AMERICA” (@MY “AMERICA”)1548428673.0
@ABC Why do you keep saying this? It’s preposterous that it has nothing to do with Trump. In fact, Trump might be t… https://t.co/h73U6R02k9— Nola (@Nola)1548427286.0
Some compared her behavior to the North Korean propaganda machine.
@kylegriffin1 Look, this has nothing to do with the President, OKAY?! https://t.co/aDlZzGWo5Q— dᴜʀᴡᴏᴏᴅ, TV/VCR Repair (@dᴜʀᴡᴏᴏᴅ, TV/VCR Repair)1548426971.0
@kylegriffin1 But to be fair, she doesn’t answer directly about anything...— Josh Mikel (@Josh Mikel)1548426809.0
@kylegriffin1 https://t.co/431xZZUAvy— Karen Moyle 🌊🌊🌊 ♿️ (@Karen Moyle 🌊🌊🌊 ♿️)1548426936.0
@kylegriffin1 She really needs to patent some of these comments because she uses them all the time.— Baba K'eni Thacker (@Baba K'eni Thacker)1548427097.0
@ABC Really Sarah!!!?? https://t.co/1FCNE0WQ6p— LeeC🦋 (@LeeC🦋)1548427075.0
And accused her of lying.
@kylegriffin1 Woke up this morning to see the top 3 Twitter trends that say it all: ROGER STONE arrested WIKILEAK… https://t.co/hf2NUCFhvk— Shazzah USA (@Shazzah USA)1548428480.0
@ABC So stone was lying about his own presidential campaign?!?— Toni (@Toni)1548427123.0
@ABC https://t.co/g9eHoYLiUU— tima totoro (@tima totoro)1548428028.0
@ABC Really? 🤣🤣 So the Feds aren’t even getting paid and they still showed up to arrest #Rogerstone— EricBush (@EricBush)1548427819.0
@ABC Do you have any other talents than lying??— Paul Nelson (@Paul Nelson)1548427192.0
@ABC https://t.co/0rrsNYy7DA— Janey (@Janey)1548427231.0
@kylegriffin1 So we are to believe, he didn’t break the law, just everyone around him. Right I got it!— Tim (@Tim)1548427394.0
Stone was charged on seven counts, including obstruction of an official proceeding, making false statements and witness tampering. All charges are related to his involvement in the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.