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Bill O'Reilly Offers To Stand Next To Sarah Huckabee Sanders During Press Briefings To Scold Reporters

Former Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly said he offered to stand next to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and scold reporters who got “out of line” on her behalf.

In what appeared to be an epic piece of mansplaining, the former anchor used his first ever meeting with Huckabee Sanders to offer to carry out a press secretary-cum-bodyguard role to defend her from awkward questions.

"I said, 'Ms. Sanders with all due respect, if you ever need me to stand next to you in those press briefings, I will volunteer to do that,” O’Reilly told Huckabee Sanders at a party held on Sunday night for German Ambassador Richard Grinnell, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

2018-05-07T185643Z_1933347426_RC1AF16093F0_RTRMADP_3_USA-TRUMP Huckabee Sanders was offered help by Bill O'Reilly. Reuters

Recalling the conversation on his show on Monday, O’Reilly said he’d told Sanders he would stand by her “ And, if somebody gets out of line, I will tell them exactly what I think of their behaviour,” explaining it was and “honest offer” that prompted Huckabee Sanders to laugh in response.  

Announcing that he did most of the talking during their conversation, The Hill reported, O’Reilly explained: “I told her that she is doing a great job, in the sense that it's not a partisan play.”

"She's representing her country in very difficult circumstances, extremely difficult, and she's a patriot—you know, she's taken enormous amount of abuse, enormous,” he added.

O’Reilly’s comments come following a tough few weeks for the press secretary, that have included fielding questions about President Donald Trump’s comments to reporters on Air Force One that he was unaware of the $130,000 hush money payment from his lawyer Michael Cohen to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels.

It later emerged that the president had reimbursed Cohen for the payment, CNN reported, although his new personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Trump was unaware what the payment was for.

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