'Trying to Go Viral': Conway Says April Ryan Sought 'Confrontation' With Sanders
Kellyanne Conway had a strong response for April Ryan after the veteran White House reporter accused press secretary Sarah Sanders of talking "street" to her.
During Thursday’s press briefing, Ryan pursued a combative line of questioning, accusing Sanders of being "blindsided" by comments Rudy Giuliani recently made on Fox News.
Sanders responded to Ryan, “Well, with all due respect, you actually don’t know much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don't.”
Later on CNN, Ryan misquoted Sanders, claiming the press secretary said, “You don’t know me,” before declaring the phrase to be fighting words.
“For Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the presidential spokesperson, the mouthpiece for the President of the United States, to say, ‘You don’t know me,’ in certain quarters in this nation, that starts a physical fight,” Ryan said. “I was very shocked. It was street. I will even go beyond that, it was gutter.”
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On "Fox & Friends," Conway, counselor to President Trump, said she prefers when conversations between the administration and reporters are about information, not confrontation.
"I have to pick up for my colleague Sarah Sanders there. Folks, you don't know us. And that's not anything other than a pedestrian term," Conway said. "Everybody should think about the difference between trying to go viral and start an argument and trying to get information. Your job is to get information, not confrontation."
She said Sanders is only trying to provide information to the press and the American people to the best of her ability, so it would be productive to "dial down the temperature."