After a day of questions and concerns stemming from President Donald Trump's cryptic comment Thursday that "this is the calm before the storm," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday sought to deflect attention away from words Trump uses, saying the public, and America's enemies, should focus instead on his priorities.
Speaking at the White House daily press briefing, Sanders was asked how seriously the American public, and America's adversaries, should take his comments.
"I think you can take the president protecting the American people always extremely serious," she replied. "He's been very clear that that's his number one priority."
By urging people to focus on the president's priorities when she was asked about his statements, Sanders' message was clear. To understand the president's intentions, one occasionally may need to ignore what he says.