NBC’s Peter Alexander asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Monday if President Trump accepts “any responsibility” for the current climate where there is a need to address cyberbullying.
“Part of this effort has to do with cyberbullying right now,” Alexander said, referencing the first lady’s initiative against cyberbullying. “Does the president accept any responsibility for Americans’ skepticism that the first lady from the White House would be speaking now against cyberbullying?”
“This is something that’s extremely important to the first lady,” Sanders replied. “I’m not going to get ahead of her announcement or her comments.”
Alexander pressed the issue later in the briefing, clarifying that he was asking about President Trump and not the first lady.
Asked whether Pres. Trump believes he has any responsibility for need to speak out against cyberbullying, Press Sec. Sanders says, "I think the idea that you're trying to blame cyberbullying on the president is kind of ridiculous." https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/ggeFzSd7Sg— ABC News (@ABC) May 7, 2018
“But does he accept responsibility for this climate that exists right now that there is the need to sort of address an issue like cyberbullying?” he asked.
“I think the idea that you are trying to blame cyberbullying on the president is kind of ridiculous,” Sanders replied.
“When it comes to kids this is something that has been problematic and something that we have seen over the last decade,” she added, “and the First Lady sees it to be an important issue and something she wants to address.”