White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders schooled reporters during a press briefing this week, calling-out journalists who were obsessed with Rex Tillerson’s future as Secretary of State; adding he’ll “close out the year” because that’s “how calendars work.”
Sanders was responding to a reporter’s question over whether the President has plans to replace Tillerson as the nation’s top diplomat, and whether his tenure will continue into 2018.
“You said Tillerson will close out a successful year. Are you saying he will close out the year? Will he serve beyond that?” asked one journalist.
“In terms of the secretary of state, I think I’ve spoken about that pretty extensively and answered that question,” Sanders fired-back. “We are 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,” she added. “We will all close it out and do the best job 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. I know most of you are doing end of the year stories because that’s how the calendar works, the year ends.”