Sarah Sanders had a heated exchange with CNN’s Jim Acosta Tuesday over what the term “border defense” actually means.
And when I say heated, I mean HEATED.
Sanders raised her voice at Acosta multiple times throughout the exchange, which ended with Sanders shutting the White House correspondent down by bluntly by telling him, “I’m not negotiating with you.”
The exchange occurred after Trump held bipartisan negotiations between Republicans and Democrats at the White House. The negotiations covered comprehensive immigration reform, DACA and border security. In an unprecedented move, reporters were allowed to spend nearly an hour filming the meeting between the politicians. Typically, such negotiations happen behind closed doors.
CNN’s Jim Acosta had asked about the promise of “border security” during the negotiations and if it “includes the wall.”
Sanders made clear that the wall was one of the pieces of border security, but that it “doesn’t necessarily mean a physical wall.” Acosta pressed further, questioning if Democrats would support the building of a wall. Sanders then snapped:
If Democrats aren’t in favor of protecting American citizens, then I think we have hit a sad day in American history but i don’t believe that to be the case because as we heard many of them say as they sat around the table that they are committed to border security. They do want it and most of them have voted for it previously before this legislation hit the floor.
Acosta pushed back on the response from Sanders, who was having none of it. Sanders ended the conversation saying:
“Jim I’m not negotiating with you. I’ll let Congress take care of that.”
hite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to comment on an explosive congressional transcript that was leaked on Thursday.
Shortly before the briefing started, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released the full transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the controversial Trump-Russia dossier.
“I haven’t any conversations with anyone specific to that,” Sanders said when asked about it.
Sanders also said the White House would not comment on reports that Trump could be interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“The White House is not going to comment on communications with the special counsel out of respect for the special counsel and its process.”