In an op-ed for the Washington Post, the first ex-wife of ex-White House staffer Rob Porter spoke out about the fallout of the allegations that Porter abused her and other women in the past. In the column, Colbie Holderness criticized White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, stating she wasn’t surprised that Sanders declined whether the president believed the accusers but she “expected a woman to do better.”
During today’s White House press briefing, Sanders was asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl to react to Holderness’ criticism and whether she had any regrets over how she’s explained the controversy to the public.
“As I said, we do the very best job we can every single day,” Sanders said. “I would never presume to understand anything going on with that individual nor would I think that she could presume what’s going on with me or the way that I am responding.”
After saying the White House has “condemned domestic violence in every way possible,” Sanders stated that it was unfair to claim that she doesn’t care about that issue.
“We’re looking for ways to take action to help prevent this from ever happening to anyone and to presume I feel differently is simply a very strong mischaracterization of who I am and who this White House is and what our actions are focused on and what we’re trying to do here,” she concluded.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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