Sarah Sanders checks the press for equating Franken's wrongdoing to Trump accusations

Nov 19, 2017, 00:26
Sarah Sanders checks the press for equating Franken's wrongdoing to Trump accusations

Trump has also responded differently to allegations against Republicans and Democrats, remaining largely silent about Alabama candidate Roy Moore while at the same time attacking Franken, a Democrat. Reporters wanted to know if it was fair to suggest a similar investigation into Trump's past behavior, considering several women accused him of sexual misconduct - allegations which surfaced on the campaign trail a year ago.

The president's spokeswoman pointed out a "clear distinction" between the two men regarding claims leveled against both, noting that the Democratic senator from Minnesota confessed his guilt. Most of the public pollsters are seen as "not understanding him", one senior White House official said, a position carried over from the campaign, when many polls underestimated support for Trump and showed him losing in key counties that he won.

During the 2016 campaign, the president said he planned to sue the women who've accused him of sexual harassment, but when asked on Friday why he hasn't followed through with that threat, Sanders said she wasn't sure.

"The American people spoke very loud and clear when they elected this president", she added.

"You know, I thought that he'd be a little less in campaign mode than he's been. Franken admitted wrongdoing, and the president hasn't". Trump has weighed in on the Moore controversy, she reminded them. Also, he often asks questions about polls to Kellyanne Conway, "who warns him to keep the base but also shows him other polls outside the RNC data", according to several White House aides.