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White House makes reporters 'give thanks' before asking questions

22 November 2017

As such, she said, she would be sharing "a few things" that she was thankful for - and she expected each reporter with a question to do the same.

One reporter even said they were thankful for being an Ohio State fan after another said they were a MI fan.

In a light-hearted moment during what can often be a contentious time, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders began her last press conference before the Thanksgiving holiday by asking reporters to follow her lead in stating something they were thankful for before asking their questions. So, just like any Kindergarten teacher would do, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders made a decision to open the press briefing by having reporters say what they're thankful for, before they're even allowed to ask a question.

At the end of the briefing, Huckabee Sanders thanked the reporters for participating in the "very fun exercise".

"And I'm certainly thankful for the incredible privilege of serving this president and the American people", she said. Also jumping on the train to Constitutionville was Bloomberg White House correspondent Margaret Talev, who said that she was "thankful for the First Amendment" but also for the opportunity to partake in the gratefulness "exercise". I get it's Thanksgiving and it's a common theme of "what are you thankful for?" I think that goes without saying.

You, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, need to know better.

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Meanwhile, Sanders' odd exercise during the White House press briefing triggered a slew of brutal and mocking comments and memes on Twitter. "If you want to ask a question I think it's only fair since I've shared what I'm thankful for... you start off with what you're thankful for".

Other members of the White House Press Corps included military service members, police officers, their families and friends, and their First Amendment rights as things for which they are thankful.

"Yeah, but we are part of it", she yelled out. They're thankful that they probably won't have to put up with you for a full four years as the White House Press Secretary.

Even other reporters who were not in the press room weighed in on Sanders' request on Twitter.

"Zeke, you did break the rule of not offering anything you were thankful for", Huckabee Sanders chided him, to laughter. "So I'm very thankful for their service".

White House makes reporters 'give thanks' before asking questions