Sarah Huckabee Sanders: WH Reporters Gave Omarosa a Platform Only After She Left White House

Melanie Arter | August 14, 2018 | 10:34pm EDT
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( - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that reporters at the White House refused to give former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a platform when she worked at the White House in sharp contrast to their treatment of her now that she is releasing a tell-all book about President Donald Trump.

When asked why Trump doesn’t just ignore the allegations in Manigault Newman’s book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House,” Sanders said, “Look, I think he's made, again, the frustrations -- I think all -- not only those of us here in the White House, but frankly, I think most of America would be happy to ignore.

“Unfortunately, the individuals in this room continue to create a large platform for somebody they know not to have a lot of credibility, for someone they, frankly, refused to give a platform to when they worked here at the White House. It wasn’t until this individual started to negatively attack this President and this administration, and try to tear this entire place down, that she received the type of platform and rollout that she's getting,” Sanders said.

“I think it would be great if every single person in this room, and every single person in the administration, never had to talk about this again, and we actually got to focus on the real policies and the real things that not matter just to people in this building but certainly all Americans -- African Americans, Hispanics, and everybody in between. I think that would be the best thing that we could certainly do for our country,” she said.

In reaction to Manigault Newman’s book, Trump tweeted, “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”

Sanders said Trump was voicing his frustrations in that tweet “with the fact that this person has shown a complete lack of integrity, particularly by the actions following her time here at the White House.”

When asked why Trump hired her, Sanders said, “Look, the president wanted to give her a chance, and he made clear, when General Kelly came on and he voiced concerns that this individual didn’t have the best interests of the White House and the president and the country at heart, the president said, do what you can to get along, and if you can't, he gave him full authority to carry out the decision to let her go.”

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