White House Defends Trump, Says He’s Not A Liar

Sarah Huckabee Sanders' comments came during James Comey's testimony

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. — REUTERS
Jun 08, 2017 at 1:01 PM ET

As former FBI Director James Comey’s hearing in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee was wrapping up Thursday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House’s deputy press secretary, said that she is confident that President Donald Trump is not a liar.

“I can definitively say the president is not a liar,” Sanders told reporters during an off-camera press briefing.

Sanders’ comments represent the first official response from the White House following Comey’s testimony on his interactions with Trump. In his testimony, Comey said that Trump’s characterization of the FBI as being in disarray under his leadership were “lies — plain and simple.” Comey also indicated that he wrote careful memos after his encounters with Trump because he was worried that the president would lie about what had happened. Comey added that he had hoped that tapes existed of his conversations with Trump.

Sanders laughed off the idea of there being tapes of conversations in the Oval Office.

“Sure, I’ll try to look under the couch,” she told reporters.