During another off-camera White House press briefing on Monday, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to defend President Trump’s continuous references to Hillary Clinton.
Sanders was responding to a reporter’s question wherein the reporter noted that Trump had once again tweeted about the Clintons, this time including their daughter Chelsea, in one of his early morning tweets. Trump said “If Chelsea Clinton were asked to hold the seat for her mother, as her mother gave our country away, the Fake News would say CHELSEA FOR PRES!”
The reporter asked when Trump was “going to put Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton in the rear view mirror? he won the election. He won it fair and square. When does he let them go and look forward?”
The Deputy Press Secretary defended Trump by complaining about the press coverage that he gets and specifically regarding the coverage of Ivanka Trump taking her father’s seat at the G20 Summit.
“I believe this tweet was a response to the attacks on his daughter taking his seat, if I’m correct. Is that the one you’re referring to? Look, this wasn’t about putting them in the front. This was about responding to an outrageous attack against a White House senior adviser,” she said, even though the concern with Ivanka’s position within the administration, including her taking Trump’s seat at the Summit, has been primarily one of nepotism.
“I think we should be proud to have Ivanka sitting in that seat considering the topic at hand was part of her portfolio,” she continued. “If she didn’t have the last name that she has, I think she would be constantly celebrated, instead of constantly attacked.”
The claim by Sanders completely avoids the point that the only reason that Ivanka Trump has a White House position is that her father is president, hence, the concern with nepotism. In fact, even her accomplishments in the business world are based on her parlaying the Trump name. To now claim that having the Trump name is somehow a negative for her is bewildering.
Listen to the audio of the relevant portion of the press briefing below: