Sarah Huckabee Sanders Clarifies Syria ‘Situation Room’ Photo

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders clarified a tweet she posted Saturday that has been called misleading.

The tweet with a photo of President Donald Trump surrounded by advisers read: 

“Last night the President put our adversaries on notice: when he draws a red line he enforces it. (Inside the Situation Room as President is briefed on Syria - Official WH photos by Shealah Craighead).”

The caption led some to question Sander’s message. The tweet appeared to infer that the photo was taken Friday night as the U.S. along with France and Britain conducted airstrikes in Syria in retaliation for an alleged chemical weapons attack carried out by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

Reporters and others pointed out that Vice President Mike Pence and ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who appear in the photo, were not in Washington D.C. Friday night. Pence was in Peru and Haley was in New York.

On Sunday Sanders sent a follow-up tweet clarifying when the photo was taken.

“As I said, the President put our adversaries on notice that he enforces red lines with the strike on Syria Friday night. The photo was taken Thursday in the Situation Room during Syria briefing,” tweeted Sanders.

Sanders defended the tweet to Politico Sunday.

“It’s from Thursday meeting when he was briefed on Syria. So no, not misleading at all,” Sanders told the outlet via email.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted a similar photo and message Friday depicting him surrounded by advisors.

“Dozens of men, women and children were massacred using chemical weapons in Douma on Saturday, 7 April. The red line has been crossed. I have therefore ordered the French armed forces to intervene,” Macron said via Twitter.


The White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s request for comment.