The view landed a keen guest for the first episode of its 24th season on Tuesday when former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined the five co-hosts to discuss her new book. Speak for myself: Faith, Freedom and the Struggle of Our Lives in Trump’s White House.
And there couldn’t have been a more difficult moment for her former boss.
The first question for Huckabee Sanders went to Meghan McCain, who was once again in the midst of the recent Trump scandal after reporting again on the president’s derogatory remarks about the military, including her father, the late Senator John McCain.
After explaining that her “first instinct”
“I think if this charge had been made anonymously against another politician, people would be questioning it,” she continued. “But because it’s about someone who has this kind of insult on veterans, people tend to believe it, which is why I think it has legs. I just want your perspective and I want to know if you understand the perspective of me and others. ”
As before, Huckabee Sanders insisted she never saw President Trump being anything but respectful of the military. “After spending almost every day with the President for two and a half years, I can tell you that I have seen firsthand the President’s respect and admiration for the men and women in our armed forces.”
Regarding the allegations in The Atlantic In an article, the ex-Flack, who once admitted to investigators that he lied to journalists about FBI agents allegedly cheering James Comey’s release, added, “I was one of the few in the room. I am not an anonymous source. I go to the record and tell you it didn’t happen. This president is not like that and this is not how he feels about the men and women in our military. ”
Later in the interview, Joy Behar had Huckabee Sanders admit that she was not standing at the grave of General John Kelly’s son when Trump allegedly told him, “I don’t get it. What was in it for her? ”
Eventually, McCain took over the interview again to bring SHS more directly to the different ways President Trump insulted her father over the years.
“The problem, Sarah, is that you served in the White House when President Trump decided not to fly the flags when my father died, which was very indignant,” said McCain. “You probably also know that I have spoken to President Trump on the phone about such matters in the past. I think he is aware that the criticism has not only done serious harm to my family, because it is not just about my family but, as I said, about the Khans and Col. Vindman. ”
“The problem with the story is that it seems like he’s doing something,” she continued. “And I don’t doubt you’ve had an experience and I’ve seen videos of President Trump and troops and his family. However, this was not my experience. We don’t feel respected for me and my brothers who serve. We are a military family that doesn’t feel respected by this president. ”
“I understand that you have to do a job because you are his deputy and his supporter,” McCain concluded. “But at least admit that it must be very uncomfortable to have this kind of conversation with me now.”
“Of course I don’t doubt it at all,” said Huckabee Sanders, before summarizing Trump’s comments on McCain as a simple political rivalry and nothing more.
“There’s no denying that Donald Trump not only didn’t like your father, he also didn’t like the president,” she said. “They had some very heated exchanges.”
“I’m not saying that there weren’t some moments that were heated that weren’t of the utmost respect, but when it comes to who this President is in his heart and how he feels about the men and women of us I can say from personal experience that he has a high level of respect, ”repeated Huckabee Sanders.
But it was Whoopi Goldberg who got the last word on the matter.
“And I can tell from my experience that after watching him over and over again I disagree with you,” she replied.