Press Secretary Sarah Sanders faced questions regarding Trump’s stances on Roy Moore, the CFPB, and racial sensitivity during a press briefing this afternoon.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders held a press briefing Monday, Nov 27, where she took questions regarding The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Trump’s recent “Pocahontas” comment directed towards Senator Warren, Roy Moore, and the Hollywood Access Tape publicly released last year.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
This morning, employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) arrived at work to find that they had two people claiming to be their director. When Director Richard Cordray resigned from his post last Friday, Nov 24, he designated Deputy Director Leandra English as his replacement until a permanent substitute is nominated and confirmed. Later that same day, President Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as the acting director of the bureau.
Today, both English and Mulvaney were present at CFPB and each sent an email to CFPB employees, signed “acting director.”
At the press briefing today, Sanders stated that the administration was aware of the present dispute between English and Mulvaney and the lawsuit that English had filed Sunday night in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to halt the appointment of Mick Mulvaney to the director.
Continuing, Sarah Sanders stated “I think that the legal outline shows very clearly who is in charge of that agency. And both he and the White House, as well as the general counsel for CFPB, who was appointed by Cordray, said that he has the legal standing to be there and serve as the director.”
Though Mulvaney had previously called the CFPB a “joke . . . in a sick, sad way,” Sanders said of Mulvaney, “I think that consumers should be glad that they finally have somebody in there that actually wants to fight for consumers and not fight for their own political ambitions, which we’ve seen in the previous leadership and which will be a very different change under Director Mulvaney.”
Sarah Sanders on Roy Moore and Hollywood Access Tape
The questions then turned to the topic of Roy Moore and the authenticity of the Access Hollywood tape that Trump had apologized for during his campaign last year.
When asked if Trump plans to campaign for Roy Moore in the Senate race in Alabama, Sanders stated that President Trump’s schedule does not permit him to do anything between now and Election day and that as a result, the president is not planning any trip to Alabama at this time.
“The President obviously wants people who support his agenda and certainly wants people that are looking to make America better to improve our education system, to grow our economy, to continue to fight against ISIS, continue growing the economy,” Sanders continued. “Those are the President’s priorities, and he wants people in place that are going to help and support those priorities.”
Concerning the Hollywood Access tapes, Sarah Sanders repeatedly stated that the President had already addressed the issue and had not changed his position regarding the tapes, without mentioning clearly what that so-called position was.
“I think if anything that the President questions it’s the media’s reporting on that accuracy,” Sanders said.
Sarah Sanders on Trump’s “Pocahontas” Comment
Earlier today, President Trump held an event honoring Navajo code talkers at the White House, during which he referenced his nickname for Senator Elizabeth Warren, “Pocahontas.”
“You are very very special people. You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump stated at the event alongside the veterans. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”
Senator Warren told MSNBC shortly after Trump’s comment that she feels “it is deeply unfortunate that the President of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur. Donald Trump does this over and over thinking somehow he is going to shut me up with it. It hasn’t worked out in the past, it isn’t going to work out in the future.”
President Trump has long dubbed Senator Warren “Pocahontas,” to ridicule Warren’s claim of partial Native ancestry.
When asked at the briefing why the president felt the need to mention Trump’s nickname for Senator Warren, Sarah Sanders deflected the focus off Trump’s comment by stating “I think that Senator Warren was very offensive when she lied about something specifically to advance her career. I don’t understand why no one is asking that question and why that isn’t constantly covered.”