White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday it's "disgusting" to suggest anyone in the White House supports slavery, after being asked if the administration believes slavery was wrong.
“I think it is disgusting and absurd to suggest that anyone inside of this building would support slavery,” Sanders told reporters.
Sanders was asked by April Ryan, a reporter for American Urban Radio, if the administration believes slavery was wrong, a question that came after White House chief of staff John Kelly said Monday that the “lack of an ability to compromise” caused the Civil War.
“I would tell you that Robert E. Lee was an honorable man. He was a man that gave up his country to fight for his state, which 150 years ago was more important than country. It was always loyalty to state first back in those days. Now it’s different today,” Kelly told Fox News. “But the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand where their conscience had them make their stand.”
Sanders defended Kelly’s remarks during Tuesday’s White House press briefing and told reporters Wednesday she wasn’t going to “get in and relitigate the Civil War.”
“I think I’ve addressed the concerns that a lot of people had and the questions that you had, and I'm not going to relitigate history here,” she told Ryan.