ABC News host George Stephanopoulos compelled Sarah Huckabee Sanders to clarify one of her lies when she tried to claim that Donald Trump personally notifies families of the death of a military service member.
Sanders made the remarks in response to revelations that Trump called American fallen war heroes “suckers” and “losers”.
Said Sanders: “I spent more time with the president over two and a half years than just about anybody outside of his family and I saw a president who loves this country, who loves the men and women of the armed forces. I sat with him in the Oval Office as he had to make that awful call to let a parent know that their son had been killed in Afghanistan. At no time, other than that time, have I seen the president show his heart more, show his vulnerability more than in that time.”
Stephanopoulos, looking confused, asked the former White House Press Secretary to clarify: “You said you were with the president when he called a family to notify them that their son had been killed in Afghanistan. And I thought it was a military protocol that it was always the military that went in person to see the family. …. Are you talking about a condolence call?”
“Yes,” Sanders said. “Correct. A condolence call after that individual had been notified.”
Sanders also explained why the accounts of former White House officials who are critical of Trump differ from hers: “It’s really simple. I think mine is actually the honest account. You’re looking at people who have left as disgruntled employees, people who have tried to push their own agenda.”