White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has fired back at those raising concerns about President Trump’s recent, seemingly impromptu policy decisions, reports Mediaite.
A reporter brought up the issue during a press briefing Friday, saying, in part, “There seems to be a perception that at times, the president makes announcements and then the White House has to come up with policy to match what the president said.”
After referring to the lack of details surrounding Trump’s talk about stationing the military along the U.S.-Mexico border and pulling troops out of Syria, the reporter asked Sanders, “Can you talk anything about that perception?”
The press secretary replied, “I think that’s a perception of people who don’t understand how civics works.”
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“The only person elected to make those decisions and actually outline what policy should look like is the president. So when he makes an announcement, he’s the only one that has the authority to do so,” Sanders continued. “He’s carrying out the duties that he was elected to do and it’s up to his staff to implement those policies that he announces or that he makes. So, he’s doing exactly what the American people asked him to do and that’s to come here and change Washington and he’s doing that every single day.”
Despite Sanders’ defense, sources have indicated to CNN that “inside the government agencies left to enact Trump’s decisions, a sense of frenzied uncertainty has settled in.”
As such, the administration has appeared to be in catch-up mode. After Trump’s announcement about deploying military personnel to secure the southern U.S. border, an official statement was later released clarifying that the extra staffing would be filled by the National Guard.
Nevertheless, CNN points out that while the timing of their execution may be unexpected, Trump’s impromptu policies do reflect those he had communicated during his campaign.