WH: Media’s Focus on Trump’s Phone Call Should Have Ended After Kelly’s Comments

By Melanie Arter | October 20, 2017 | 5:59pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Friday that the media’s focus on President Donald Trump’s phone call to the widow of a soldier who died in Niger should have ended yesterday after White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly spoke on the issue, but instead, it’s the main topic of news coverage a day later.

A reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders why Kelly felt the need to address Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) publicly and call her “an empty barrel” instead of calling her privately like he’s done with other members of Congress who were critical of the president and why Trump felt the need to tweet about Wilson again Friday.

“I think that it's real simple: You guys are the ones talking a lot about that story, and he felt it was important to address you and all of America directly. This story has been given an enormous amount of coverage over the last 48 hours, and he thought it was important that people got a full and accurate picture of what took place,” Sanders said.  

“And that was a personal decision that he made, that he wanted to come out and, frankly, not just share with you but, like he said, share with all of America and make an appeal to America to go back to kind of honoring that sacred code of Gold Star families,” she said.

As CNSNews.com reported, Trump tweeted Thursday evening: ‘The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!’ Trump wrote Thursday night.”

“And in terms of … why the president felt the need to respond, ” Sanders said, “it's because it should have ended yesterday after General Kelly's comments, but it didn't. It continued, and it's still continuing today.  

“It's still the bulk of the coverage on most every TV you turn on and most every newspaper that you open up today, and the president responded to those continued accusations and continued mischaracterizations of his comments,” Sanders added.

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