Sarah Sanders says leakers ‘should be fired’
During an interview on Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said leakers “should be fired.” Sanders’ comments come amid the ongoing controversy of an aide’s joke that was made within the White House about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) ailing health.
“I can’t answer why people do it because I don’t engage in [leaking],” Sanders said on Wednesday. “I find it to be some of the most disgusting behavior that you could ever participate in, and one of the most disloyal things that you could do as an entrusted member of the president’s team.”
“It’s an honor and a privilege to work for the president and to be part of his administration. And anybody who betrays that I think is a total and complete coward and they should be fired. We’ve fired people over leaking before,” Sanders said during the interview with Fox News Channel.
“Some of these leaks are made up and reporters search for validation for them,” said Sanders. “But look, there’s definitely something that has to be addressed. We’re focused intensely on addressing it. And we take it extremely seriously.”
After Kelly Sadler’s comment – “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway” – was leaked, Americans, both left-wing and right-wing took to social media and airwaves to show their frustration.
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) May 16, 2018
After being asked why Sadler has not publicly apologized for making the remarks. Sanders said, “she’s personally apologized.” She also added “I’m not going to get into the back and forth on this.”
According to Meghan McCain, the daughter of Sen. John McCain, Sadler called her to personally apologize and promised to apologize publicly. Despite her promise, Sadler, nor the White House, have issued a public apology, despite heavy pressure from millions of Americans and congressional Republicans.
Sanders also commented on North Korea saying, “As the president has said time and time again, we are ready to meet and if it happens that’s great. If it doesn’t we will see what happens.” Sanders continued saying, “We have been prepared that these could be tough negotiations. The president is ready if the meeting takes place and if it doesn’t we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that’s been ongoing.”