Sarah Sanders 'Lies Every Day' From Trump White House Podium, Says Philadelphia Mayor

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders "lies every day" from her podium during press briefings, Philadelphia's mayor claimed Tuesday after his city's NFL franchise was accused by Sanders of pulling a "political stunt" by canceling its appearance at the White House.

Mayor Jim Kenney made his accusation in defense of the Philadelphia Eagles, who were originally scheduled to celebrate their Super Bowl victory at the White House with President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The president abruptly called off the event after fewer than 10 players, according to the White House, planned to attend, but Trump also cited his affront to NFL players kneeling in protest during the playing of the national anthem before games.

"What do you think the percentage of the White House press corps who sits in that room every day listening to Sarah Sanders, what percentage do you think believe [she is] telling the truth?" Kenney asked during an appearance on CNN.

He continued: "She lies from that podium every day, so I have really no reason to believe she's telling the truth on that one."

"I think that this is all a stunt, and I think that the President is playing the NFL like a fiddle, and these players are caught in the middle. ... He’s making it up as he goes along." - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on the Eagles controversy

— CNN (@CNN) June 5, 2018

Sanders's credibility has often been questioned by critics. Her claim last year that Trump did not dictate a false statement made to The New York Times in response to an infamous Trump Tower meeting involving his eldest son, former campaign manager and son-in-law together with a Russian and Kremlin-linked lawyer was proven incorrect by the president's lawyers in a memo to the special counsel earlier this year.

Sanders has since referred questions about her statement to outside counsel following a Saturday report from The Times on the memo, which explained the president did indeed help craft the false statement.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a White House daily news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Sanders held a daily briefing to answer questions from members of the White House Press Corps. Getty Images/Alex Wong

Kenney said that, while he did stand for the anthem, he respected NFL players First Amendment right to choose not to stand.

"It's about respecting the First Amendment, it's also about understanding people's experiences in this country," Kenney said. "When I hear the national anthem, I stand at attention, I cover my heart, but I'm a white man with privilege."

Along with Sanders, Kenney levied heavy criticism toward Trump, claiming the president was "playing the NFL like a fiddle." Kenney was likely referring to NFL owners opting last month to institute a new policy for the anthem that requires players to stand while on the field or face a fine. Players can also choose to stay in the locker room while the anthem plays.