'Were You Lying?' Sarah Sanders Confronted about Giuliani's Stormy Daniels Comments in Tense Press Briefing

In what appeared to be a rather tense press briefing, reporters confronted White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Thursday about Rudy Giuliani's bombshell admission that President Donald Trump repaid his lawyer for hush money given to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Giuliani's Wednesday appearance on Fox News' Hannity sent shockwaves throughout Washington D.C. and media circles. Longtime Trump defenders and critics alike questioned the president's honesty in the aftermath of Giuliani's casual admittance, which appears to contradict earlier statements made by both the president and his legal team. 

Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller asked Sanders "why the president was not truthful with the American people and with the people in this room" regarding the $130,000 paid to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. In line with Cohen's statements, Trump said on April 6 that he had no knowledge of the money paid to Daniels.

"This was information that the president didn't know at the time, but eventually learned," Huckabee responded. 

At one point, CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked the press secretary point blank if she was lying, reading back an old statement she gave to the press corps. 

"You said on March 7 that there was no knowledge of any payment from the president, and he has denied all these allegations," Acosta said. "Were you lying to us at the time, or were you in the dark?” 

She did not directly answer Acosta's question and instead told the reporter that the president stood by his initial story. When pressed further, the press secretary said that she "couldn't get into the details" of ongoing litigation. 

Sanders also tried repeatedly to direct reporters back to the statements made by Giuliani and Trump. Toward the end of her exchange with Acosta, she told reporters she gave them “the best information” available to her at the time.

It's unclear how Giuliani's admission will play out in court, where both Cohen and Trump are facing defamation claims from Daniels. Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti celebrated the admission and urged Giuliani to keep appearing on Fox's spate of conservative shows.

"Whatever happens @foxandfriends, please do not stop helping our case week in and week out by having Mr. Trump and Mr. Giuliani appear and make damaging stmts," he wrote. "You are truly THE BEST; where can we send the gift basket? #basta."

S Sanders White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the press briefing on July 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Reporters grilled Sanders on Thursday following Rudy Giuliani's admission that Trump repaid Michael Cohen. Mark Wilson/Getty Images