Who Is Sarah Sanders?

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders | Source

Daughter of former Republican presidential candidate

Besides serving U.S. President Donald Trump as White House press secretary since her predecessor, Sean Spicer, departed, in July 2017, Sarah Sanders is noted for being the daughter of Mike Huckabee, who ran in the Republican presidential primary elections in 2008 and 2016.

In 2015, her web profile as vice president of Tsamoutales Strategies read as one might expect of a soon-to-be main media contact of the seemingly most powerful man in the world, as hosted with Archive.org.

"Prior to joining Tsamoutales Strategies, Sarah served as the national political director for Huckabee for President, where she was responsible for laying the groundwork for Governor Huckabee’s Presidential campaign. Sarah also directed Governor Huckabee’s Iowa campaign and helped steer the Huckabee for President campaign to a landslide upset victory in the Iowa caucuses. Subsequently, Sarah became the executive director of Huck PAC, a national Political Action Committee focused on electing Republicans to office in all 50 states."

The 35-year-old Ouachita Baptist University graduate engaged in vigorous debate with CNN's Chris Cuomo following Donald Trump's 2018 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress.

After welcoming the press secretary, Chris Cuomo noted that he had never seen such a divided Congress at a State of the Union.

"How can he unify that room?" Cuomo asked Sanders.

"I think doing exactly what he did last night," the press secretary was direct. "I think that Nancy Pelosi looks like that, all the time."

"I think she should smile a lot more often," Sarah Sanders continued. "I think the country would be better for it."

She described Nancy Pelosi embodying "the bitterness that belongs in the Democratic Party, right now" and that the party needs to "make a big decision," which falls between a "hate" of President Trump and a "love" of the United States of America.

"They need to put some of those differences aside, come together, and do what's right for this country," Sanders laid out her administration's case.

Sanders: Nancy Pelosi 'should smile a lot more often'

Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi | Source

Cuomo: Pelosi demeanor one of 'righteous indignation'

Chris Cuomo asked Sanders where "the hate" really was. He expressed his belief that Nancy Pelosi's demeanor may be one of "righteous indignation" and noted that some of Trump's address was being interpreted as possible code language, somehow targeting Dreamers.

"There was no code," Sanders said directly. "The president could not have been more clear."

She described the Trump immigration plan as a compromise where neither Republicans nor Democrats "got everything they wanted." CNN notes that the White House's plan includes ending the visa lottery and family reunification programs.

Most notably, Sanders compared the "language" Donald Trump's address used as being comparable to that used by former President Bill Clinton, during one of his State of the Union Addresses, where he released a bipartisan standing ovation. Reporting and video hosted with Town Hall backs up the press secretary's claim.

Cuomo lauded the president's efforts to draw attention to the efforts and struggles of admirable Americans, but asked why not one of those who Trump chose to spotlight was a dreamer.

"Look, the president has committed to solving this problem," Sanders countered. "He has said he wants to find a solution, and he has laid one out."

She described invested Democrats as "sitting on their hands and being angry," seemingly unwilling to negotiate.

Who is Sarah Sanders?

'Policy of exclusion'

The CNN host called the president's plan a "policy of exclusion."

"How is it a policy of exclusion?" Sarah Sanders asked, with seemingly genuine conviction.

She described the president tripling the number of people included in his plan, compared with that of former President Barack Obama.

"Fair enough," Cuomo responded.

The CNN host contrasted the Democratic view of "family reunification" with what President Trump calls "chain migration." Cuomo said that the president's notion that legal immigrants can "bring in as many people as they want is just not true."

"Look,we're not saying they can't bring in anybody," Sanders stated. "We're just limiting the number to be the nuclear and immediate family."

"But you're making the exception the rule," Chris Cuomo explained the opposing view. "You're painting all of these people with the same brush."

"That's not true at all. That's actually what Democrats are doing," Sarah Sanders replied.

Chris Cuomo expressed what many Americans perceive as a desire on the part of the president to have people "come into the country, but not from those certain s-hole countries."

"He want's them rich and white, because he wants them from Norway," the CNN host was unapologetic.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders called Chris Cuomo's assertions "absolutely outrageous."

"He said exactly that, Sarah," Chris Cuomo was calm.

The press secretary then appeared to question the validity of President Trump's alleged "s-hole" comments and accused Chris Cuomo of creating a "narrative that doesn't exist."

"Based on the context of all the other things he's said about immigrants that are so ugly and destructive," the CNN host implored Sanders.

"I'm going to have to disagree with your premise," she answered. "This is a president who loves this country."

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