White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reconciles her traditional Christian beliefs with President Trump's sometimes-not-so-Christian tendencies by separating church and state. "I'm not going to my office expecting it to be my church," she told The New Yorker in an interview published Tuesday.
Sanders fell into the press secretary job last year when tumultuous staffing issues left the post open; as one former adviser said, "There wasn't anybody else." She was reportedly brought on to Team Trump as a way to link the president to evangelicals and suburban women.
Though she rarely hints at her personal views on Trump's policy decisions, she is steadfastly loyal to the president's message, functioning at once as "the wall" Trump built and the "battering ram" fighting through his myriad crises. Her views or style can sometimes diverge from what The New Yorker calls Trump's "immorality," by evangelical standards, but she focuses on the positive aspects of his "unconventionality." Someone close to her said that she views Trump's bombastic and uncompromising approach as effective, if unsavory.
During official press briefings, Sanders can't say anything "even somewhat nuanced" about Trump, a source said — praise only. However, behind the scenes, reporters say she is much less confrontational and is often quite helpful. The New Yorker reports that she stays aggressive on camera because it pleases Trump and helps him push his claims of "fake news." Sanders says she likes the "nervous adrenaline" that comes with the job. "The odds are stacked against you," she said of entering the briefing room to face upwards of 50 reporters. "I like it, though." Read more at The New Yorker. Summer Meza
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he and Pope Francis have one big thing in common: They're both socialists. In an interview with Canadian Catholic network Salt and Light that was recorded in September and will air Tuesday, the Democratic presidential candidate explains why exactly he thinks the pope is a socialist — whether he knows it or not.
"Well, what it means to be a socialist, in the sense of what the pope is talking about, what I'm talking about, is to say that we have got to do our best and live our lives in a way that alleviates human suffering, that does not accelerate the disparities of income and wealth," Sanders tells Rev. Thomas Rosica, who works with the Vatican's press office, in the interview. "When he talks about wealth being used to serve people, not as an end in itself, I agree with that."
Moreover, Sanders notes, the pope is not a believer in trickle-down economic theory, nor does he think that "if we give more tax breaks to the rich, we deregulate Wall Street, we deregulate industry, that somehow all of the benefits of that deregulation will filter on down to ordinary people."
Sanders made history earlier this month in New Hampshire when he became the first non-Christian ever to win a presidential primary. Watch his full interview below via The Washington Post. Becca Stanek