The reporter sets up her “gotcha you hypocrite” attempt fairly well, referencing “the huge outpouring of support from people all around the country” to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
She said, “You’ve seen people lining up to volunteer, you’ve seen tens of millions of dollars. Can you speak to what the President and his family have done regarding donations for Harvey relief, personally?”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is ready for this one, responding, “Yes, I can. I had a chance to speak directly with the President earlier and I’m happy to tell you that he is, uh, would like to join in the efforts that a lot of the people that we’ve seen across this country do, and he’s pledging a million dollars of personal money to the fund.”
Sanders continues, “And he’s actually asked that I check with the folks in this room, since you are very good at research and have been doing a lot of reporting into the groups and organizations that are best and most effective in helping and providing aid and he’d love some suggestions from the folks here. And I’d be happy to take those if any of you have them.
So much for making the President look like a hypocrite or cheap skate, whatever her intention was it had the opposite impact, it provided an opportunity for Sanders to announce that President Trump was making the donation without appearing to be bragging or blowing his own horn.
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