Trump's Ex-press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Who Admitted Lying to Journalists, Complains That Media Is 'Making Stuff Up'

Sarah Huckabee Sanders attacked the "out of control" news media during an appearance on Fox News host Sean Hannity's show, accusing it of seeking to "destroy" President Donald Trump and bemoaning a lack of diligence by reporters in seeking out the truth.

Sanders gained a reputation for bending the truth or outright lying during her tenure as Trump's White House press secretary, a role she recently swapped for Fox News contributor. But she slammed the news media for allegedly "making stuff up" in its reporting on Trump.

Among the reports she cited was CNN on the alleged extraction of a CIA asset from Russia over concerns about Trump's relationship with Putin, and Politico on the unorthodox refueling stopovers by the U.S. Air Force in Scotland that included stays by servicemen at the president's golf course.

"The agenda of obstruction that they have against this president is completely out of control," Sanders told Hannity ahead of Trump's New Mexico rally on Monday night.

"They try to destroy the president because they hate that he won in 2016 and then they hated that he was able to start delivering on all the things that he said he was going to, including a conservative court," she said, referring to his judicial appointments, including two conservative Supreme Court justices.

"Because they can't beat him now they're going after everyone around him, everyone associated with him, and they're even making stuff up. It's completely out of control. And at some point they have to start holding people accountable. I think the president is right to start calling for something to be done."

The former press secretary, whose father is the former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, said Trump "continues to prove them wrong."

"Every time that they say this president won't do something, he won't succeed, he won't be able to do anything on immigration, he'll cripple the economy, he won't rebuild the military, he won't create tax reform, he won't cut taxes—every single time they say he won't do it, he does it," she said. "And it makes them embarrassed, it makes them look like fools, and he continues to do it."

Sanders, who admitted in the Mueller inquiry to lying to journalists during her time at the White House, also told Hannity that she hopes the media "will start to learn from some of these major mistakes that have happened over the last couple of weeks and start holding people accountable."

She continued: "Start putting some checks and balances, go back to where we have a true editorial process where they're checking these things and stories aren't just pushed out in the hopes that they can tear somebody down, but that they're actually making sure that their stories are right, that they're accurate. Let's hope that they learn something from this."

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U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who later stood down as the White House press secretary, during his rally where he announced his candidacy for a second presidential term at the Amway Center on June 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images