Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, has a way with words. She also has an incredibly difficult and demanding job, trying to explain the actions of a President and administration that often defies explanations.
I know how tough it is to be in a position where it is expected that you can constantly “polish a turd” without somehow seeing your credibility sink into the crapper. For many years I was the primarily spokesperson for a large American corporation. And trust me. Plenty of turds, cultivated by management, managed to float to my desk in search of a proper destination.
Fortunately, unlike Sanders, I didn’t have to clean up the mess daily, or in front of the national media on TV.
So in many ways I give her credit for her quick — if somewhat laughable — explanation for Chief of Staff John Kelly’s response to President Trump’s tongue lashing to our NATO allies and to Germany in particular this week.
Here’s from USA Today:
John Kelly was annoyed he couldn’t get a “full breakfast” in Brussels on Wednesday.
At least that was the explanation from White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders when asked about the apparently agitated body language displayed by President Donald Trump’s chief of staff during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Sanders told The Washington Post that Kelly “was displeased because he was expecting a full breakfast and there were only pastries and cheese.”
A number of news outlets, including the Post, speculated that Kelly’s body language was related to the remarks Trump was making at the time about Germany being “totally controlled by Russia.”
I don’t know. It looked to me like Kelly had just chewed on a shit sandwich. Maybe next time someone could at least offer up a German pretzel.
Or an omelette.