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Trump Enlists His Aides To Defend How 'Extremely Calm' He Was At Meeting


Pelosi responded to Trump’s barbs:

At the White House event Thursday, Trump asked a number of advisers surrounding him, including senior adviser Kellyanne Conway and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to bolster his claim of calmness.

“Very calm. I’ve seen both and this was definitely not angry or ranting. Very calm and straightforward and clear that we have to actually get to work and do good things for the American people,” Sanders said of Trump’s meeting with Democratic leaders.

White House economics adviser Larry Kudlow was called on:

So was senior adviser Kellyanne Conway:

Communications adviser Mercedes Schalpp too!

Correction: This post has been updated to reflect the President’s aides were discussing Trump’s demeanor at a White House meeting, not the press conference following the meeting. 

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