On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders held a press briefing following a heavy previous couple days of news.
She answered questions about Trump's retweeting of several “anti-Muslim” videos and also about a New York Times report that stated that “the White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the CIA director.”
Sanders shot down the claim that Tillerson was being replaced, but reporters continued to press further.
One reporter asked, “You repeatedly said that it was important to close out a successful year. Are you saying that he will close out the year? Will he serve beyond that?”
Sanders then fired back explaining how a calendar works:
"We're all closing out the year. You guys are closing out the year in your news network. We don't set the calendar. That’s something that happened a few centuries ago. The year is going to end whether we like it or not.
We're all going to close it out, and we're all going to do the very best job we can for the American people in that process. I don't mean anything by it more than that. I'm closing out the year. You guys are. Most of you guys are doing end-of-the-year stories because that's how the calendar works — the year ends.
We're going to end on a really strong note, and I think we're going to end the briefing on a strong note. I'm going to go get some water and a few cough drops. Our team will be around the rest of the afternoon to answer any other questions you guys have. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow."
Watch the clip below.