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Sarah Sanders Responds to Reporter Asking Why Donald Trump Lied About Goodlatte 2: “No He Didn’t’

Of course she did.
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that President Donald Trump wasn’t lying when he tweeted that he “never pushed” House Republicans to vote for the recent immigration bills Goodlatte 1 or 2, despite a tweet just days before urging them to do exactly that.

“Why would the president lie about something like that?” asked Matt Nusbaum of Politico.

Sanders responded:

“He didn’t. The president has talked all along, we’ve laid out the priorities and the principles that we support, that we wanted to see reflected in legislation.”

The President’s own words prove Sanders’ claim demonstrably false:

Matthew Nussbaum, the reporter who asked Sanders the question originally, took to Twitter, remarking that even the White House transcript of the press conference included Trump’s original ALL CAPS tweet construction:

Video footage from the briefing caught the moment Sanders was challenged on her lie:

Others, like Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York Magazine, also called out Sanders on her lie.

https://twitter.com/avec_empathie/status/1014010749172281344

The Goodlatte 2 bill, a supposed compromise to the hard right Goodlatte 1 which was opposed by moderate Republicans, failed in the House last week after losing the support of over 100 House Republicans. Trump’s insistence that the Democrats in the Senate would not let the bill pass the 60 votes needed for a bill to proceed past debate could be perceived as the president’s way of attempting to gain momentum in his calls to end the filibuster.

Twitter was quick to call him out.

But Sanders is more skilled at spinning than a boomerang. It didn’t take long for her to whip up an explanation.

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