CNN and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have been locked in a heated and contentious battle of words since she took on the role of press secretary.
On Wednesday, Sarah Sanders graciously sat down with Chris Cuomo from CNN in spite of his consistently biased reporting. Cuomo started out the interview stating that he was hopeful they could find common ground. “Let’s take a look at this situation and see if we can get to a place, mutual respect, both sides think credibility counts, and we move forward,” Cuomo said. “What do you say?”
Sanders hopefully responded, “All right. We’ll give it a shot.” The conversation quickly devolved. The exchange between Sanders and Cuomo turned awkward as Cuomo repeatedly asked Sanders about a legal matter surrounding the Russia investigations.
As it is currently a legal matter about which Sanders has many times referred the media to discuss it with Trump’s legal team, Sanders tried to shift the discussion to matters that Americans are truly concerned about. “If you guys want to talk about questions that have to do with White House policy and substantive policy, I’m happy to try to answer those and do the best I can to provide you the information,” Sanders responded.
When Cuomo kept pressing the matter, Sanders pushed back. “I’ve answered it,” Sanders fired back. “There’s a big difference between me answering it and you not liking the answer.
Sanders then laid down the law, telling Cuomo what many Americans have been thinking.
“I wish that we spent a lot less time focused on things the American people don't care about. I wish we spent a lot less time talking about this witch hunt and that we talked about things that impact everyday Americans. I wish we spent a lot more time talking about the economy.”
I wish that your network had spent a lot more time today covering a very important piece of legislation that the president signed when he spent a good bit of time this afternoon talking about the importance of Veterans Choice Act that he signed into law today. And your network didn't even take that.”
The interview devolved further when Cuomo tried to attack Sander’s credibility. That’s when Sanders dropped the hammer on Cuomo.
“I’m very comfortable with my credibility and the fact that I think by sitting here right now and taking questions from you -- shows the type of person I am, shows my effort to provide information. And frankly, to be in an environment that's not exactly friendly, that's not exactly one that I think a lot of people in my position would come and sit in. And I think that speaks a lot to my credibility. And if you want to focus on my credibility, I think that's something you should certainly look at.”
You can read a transcript of the whole contentious interview here.