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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stood by her contention that it was a "fireable offense" for ESPN anchor Jemele Hill to call President Trump a "white supremacist."

Sanders reiterated her stance from earlier this week at Friday's press briefing following President Trump's tweet on the subject.

Bringing up the new tweet, a reporter asked Sanders whether President Trump should apologize for his past claims about Barack Obama's birthplace.

Sanders called ESPN "hypocritical," noting a suspension handed down to longtime anchor Linda Cohn over public statements. Hill was not disciplined by ESPN, though the company said her comment was "inappropriate."

Several reporters then followed up with Sanders, asking whether the White House believes Hill should be fired.

"It's not my decision to make for a private company," she answered, urging the press corps to move on from the issue. 

Sanders said ESPN "set a standard" by punishing on-air personalities for political statements and is not being consistent in this case.

"You didn't answer the question," one reporter interjected.

Cohn was reportedly told by her ESPN boss to stay home from work after questioning the company's business decisions in an April radio interview.

Watch the exchanges above.


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