During a contentious interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that President Trump‘s assertion that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower was corroborated by major news outlets, such as the New York Times and the BBC — a claim that Stephanopolous repeatedly reminded her was false.
“We now know that the FBI director has told the justice department that President Trump’s explosive claims are inaccurate,” Stephanopoulos started out. “Does President Trump accept the FBI director’s denial?”
“You know, I don’t think he does, George,” Sanders replied. “I think he firmly believes this is a story line that has been reported pretty widely by quite a few outlets. The wiretapping has been discussed in the New York Times, BBC, Fox News and we believe that.”
“…Sarah, I have got to stop you right there,” the ABC host interjected. “Every single article you just mentioned does not back up the president’s claim Obama had him wiretapped. Not a single one of those articles backs that up. So, what is the president’s evidence?”
“It does back up the fact that the administration was wiretapping American citizens,” she replied. “There was wide reporting suggest suggesting his administration whether directly ordered by this president specifically his administration could have done.”
“Sarah, I have to stop you again,” a visibly frustrated Stephanopoulos said. “I have to stop you. that is simply not true.”
This isn’t the first time Sanders has claimed news outlets are corroborating Trump’s allegations. On the March 5 edition of ABC’s This Week, she said news outlets “have also talked about it and reported on the potential of this having had happened.”
Watch the full exchange in the video below:
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