CNN reporter Jake Tapper asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Trump’s interview with O’Reilly, and she defended Trump’s decision to let O’Brien speak on air.
“I think the president felt strongly about the fact that he had the right to speak in front of a prime-time audience,” Sanders said.
“I think that he made that decision based on the fact there was an audience there and he had a right to express his views.”
Tapper then asked if the president was satisfied with the interview.
“Well, I think it was a tremendous moment in the history of the presidency,” Sanders replied.
“But I think also, look, there’s also a lot of commentary that we have in the press that you just don’t like and that we think is not factual, that is not true, and that is also not true,” Sanders added.
“And the president, I don’t think, would have let that happen.”
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