The White House on Tuesday refused to address President Trump’s apparent admiration for Roseanne Barr in the wake of her canceled ABC series and racist tweet spree.
While traveling to Nashville, Tenn., where Trump is slated to host a campaign-style rally, Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly changed the subject to North Korea when questioned about the canceled series and Trump’s past support for the actress.
“That’s not what the president is looking at. That's not what he’s spending his time on,” she told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I think we have a lot bigger things going on in the country right now.”
Instead, she said, Trump is more focused on a possible summit with North Korea and trade.
It remains unclear if Trump will comment on Barr during his Nashville stop. If he does, it wouldn’t be the first time.
The President gushed over the “Roseanne” revival ratings, applauding them as “incredible” during a March rally. He then reportedly called Barr to congratulate her.
During his White House bid, Trump shared his thanks to the outspoken actress after she endorsed him.
“We would be so lucky if Trump won,” she told Hollywood Reporter in June 2016.
His social media love for Barr dates back to December 2013, when he responded to a tweet hoping that Barr would join Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” cast.
“She would be so great,” Trump said.
Before his Nashville remarks, Trump's Twitter was void of any reference to the Barr scandal.