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Sarah Sanders: Trump ‘not placing blame’ on media for violence

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders
White
House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday rejected
the notion President Donald Trump has blamed the media for recent
violence in the US.

Carlos
Barria/Reuters


  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred
    with reporters during Monday’s press briefing over President
    Donald Trump’s recent criticism of the media.
  • Sanders rejected the notion Trump has blamed the media for
    recent violence.
  • Trump has made a number of statements in recent days
    suggesting the media is adding to “anger and outrage” in the
    US. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sparred with
reporters during Monday’s press briefing over President Donald
Trump’s recent criticism of the media.

Sanders rejected the notion Trump has blamed the media for a
spate of recent violence, including a massacre at a Pittsburgh
synagogue on Saturday and a series of attempted bombings against
high-profile Democrats and other public figures. 

On Monday morning, Trump
tweeted
 that there is “great anger in our Country caused
in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the
news.”

“The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must
stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news
accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame
of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides
together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!” he
said.

The president has made a number of similar statements as the
country has grappled with disturbing acts of violence or
attempted violence. 

During the White House press briefing Monday, a reporter said to
Sanders that it seemed as though Trump has been “blaming” the
media for recent events. 

“No, the president’s not placing blame,” Sanders said.

“The only person responsible for carrying out either of
these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out,”
Sanders added in relation to the attempted bombings, accusing the
media of blaming Trump. She said it was “outrageous” to put any
of the responsibility on Trump. 

The man accused of mailing the explosive devices to
prominent Democrats and other Trump critics is a registered
Republican and avowed supporter of the president whom Trump has
denounced. 

Sanders on Monday declined to state which outlets the
president believes are the “enemy of the people.”

“I think those individuals probably know they are,” she
said.

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