Sarah Sanders took the press briefing podium Tuesday afternoon and directly addressed the claims in Omarosa’s new book that Trump used the “N-Word” in private.
NBC’s Kristen Welker asked directly, “Have you asked the president if he’s ever used the N word?”
Sanders directed the reporter to Trump’s statement in which he denied ever using such language, along with the people who allegedly were in the room when he did it.
“Have you asked him directly?” the reporter pressed. “I didn’t have to,” Sarah responded, “He addressed it to the American people all at one time.”
“Why didn’t you ask him directly?” Welker pressed, later asking if Sanders can “guarantee” Trump never used that word.
“I can’t guarantee anything,” Sanders said, “I can tell you the president addressed this question directly. I can tell you I have never heard it.”
Then Sanders launched into a full-throated defense of the president by comparing him to his predecessor President Obama.
“This is a president who is fighting for all Americans, who is putting policies in place that help all Americans, particularly African Americans,” Sanders said, “Just look at the economy alone. This president in the one and a half years that he’s been here has created 700,000 new jobs for African Americans. That’s 700,000 African Americans that are working now that weren’t working when this president took place. When President Obama left after eight years in office, eight years in office, he only created 195,000 jobs for African Americans. President Trump in his first one and a half years has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years.”
“Not only did he do that for African Americans, but for hispanics,” Sarah continued, “1.7 million more hispanics are working now. This is a president that cares about all Americans, committed to helping them and putting policies in play that do that.”
When pressed a final time on the “guarantee” that Trump has never used the N-word, Sanders said bluntly, “Certainly, I think if you look at the actions that this president has taken, certainly the policies that he’s enacted, you can see the heart of who he is and you can see exactly what he has done and the type of president and person he is.”