At debate, Sarah Sanders defends avoiding Arkansas press, but doesn’t address Trump policy
At the debate Thursday night in St. Louis, President Donald Trump’s former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended her decision to keep a distance from the Arkansas press corps for the duration of the campaign.
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But I was watching a bit of the debate and thought I’d post a separate note in the event you missed it.
In that last round of applause, Sanders mentioned the campaign’s outreach to journalists during the Iowa caucus.
“We have reached out to about 100 people,” Sanders said. “So we’re reaching out all across this country. We understand the importance of having good relationships with those that cover this country.”
There’s, of course, the small matter of Trump’s policy positions. The New York Times, which Trump praised as an example of “courage and honor,” has already called for a ban on Muslim immigration. “I’m not talking about banning,” Sanders said at the debate.
“We have the president’s support,” she said.
Sanders was asked whether Trump’s policies were reflective of his campaign statements. Here’s what she told CNN on Friday, according to the transcript:
“We were clear that we have the president’s support and we’re going to defend him as best we can. We’re going to make sure that the policies that we have put forward and that are consistent with the Constitution that he has put forward, they’re being implemented.”
Sanders also did not address Trump’s policy of separating children from their parents, which will not be legally enforced until after the election.
Sanders is a Harvard law school graduate and former Arkansas attorney general.
Arkansas is among seven states (plus the District of Columbia), where voters will be asked to approve whether or not to approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The governor has