Sarah Sanders held Wednesday’s White House press briefing in the wake of a horrific school shooting in Kentucky Tuesday.
The shooting left two dead and seventeen injured at a Kentucky High School, and the shooter’s motive is still unknown. The final question Sanders took asked about school shootings in the United States.
The reporter, NBC’s Peter Alexander, asked “What has the president done since October to prevent any of the shootings from taking place?”
Sanders replied that “The president believes that all Americans deserve to be safe in their schools and in their communities,” and that “we’ve tried to crack down on crime throughout the country.”
The conversation got heated when Alexander ultimately asked Sanders “What is the president specifically doing to prevent shootings?”
“Will the president come forward before the nation and tell people how he feels about the issue and use the bully pulpit to … ” he continued before the press secretary interrupted him.
Sanders raised her voice in disbelief, asking if the reporter was implying that Trump was “complicit” in the school shooting. She said:
“The fact that you’re basically accusing the president of being complicit in a school shooting is outrageous!”
When the reporter clarified, Sanders made the following point:
“The president has been very clear in instructing the top law enforcement agency to crack down on crime to prevent these types of things.”
She then left the podium and walked out of the room.