During her press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuted a reporter's suggestion that FBI Director Christopher Wray highlighted a discrepancy in his view of his agency's reputation and President Donald Trump's view.
“We don't think that there is a discrepancy,” Sanders said, before indicating the White House agreed others respected FBI employees, while the agency's political leaders had a different reputation.
The discussion emerged from comments in Wray's Thursday testimony, in which he appeared to push back on a tweet Trump issued Monday:
After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017
Wray told the House Judiciary Committee that in his experience, the FBI's reputation was “quite good.”
Sanders was likely referring to other comments Wray made about the FBI's employees. “The FBI I see is tens of thousands of brave men and women that are working hard ... The FBI that I see is people, decent people, committed to the highest principles of dignity and professionalism and respect,” he also said, according to The Los Angeles Times.
When asked whether Trump's tweet could cause people to distrust law enforcement, Sanders said she didn't think so. “No, and again, the president is referring to the political leaders at the FBI, particularly those that were involved in the Hillary Clinton probe,” she said.
Watch her comments below, via CNN.