White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders shot down calls on Wednesday for the Trump administration to condemn its supporters for chanting “CNN Sucks!” at CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during a Trump rally in Florida.
“Is the White House willing to say right now, in view of what happened with one of our TV colleagues last night, that it is wrong for his most vocal supporters to be menacing towards journalists doing their job in a situation like that or any situation,” The Daily Mail’s David Martosko asked.
Sanders responded by stating that the president “does not support violence against anyone or anything,” adding that “when it comes to the media, the president does think that the media holds a responsibility.”
“We fully support a free press,” Sanders continued. “There also comes a high level of responsibility with that. The media routinely reports on classified information and government secrets that put lives in danger and risk valuable national security tools.”
Martosko continued to complain about the treatment that Acosta got at the Trump rally in Tampa and demanded that Sanders give an answer on whether the White House supports people speaking out against the media.
“While we certainly support freedom of the press, we also support freedom of speech,” Sanders fired back. “And we think those things go hand in hand.”