Reporter to White House: Why Should We Trust Anything This Administration Tells Us?

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Associated Press WH correspondent Zeke Miller asked a basic question to deputy press secretary Raj Shah at Monday's press briefing: Why should we believe anything you tell us?

In light of the WH press secretary's contradictory statements regarding staff decisions and his threat to veto the omnibus spending bill, Miller asked: "So can you speak to the White House's credibility? Why should we in this room, and more importantly the American people, trust anything that this administration's telling us?"

"Well, you know," Shah said. "It is our job as a Press Office, and as an administration, to give you the best information that we have available to us, the most accurate information in a timely fashion."





"Sometimes the dynamics are fluid in any given situation," he added. " You mentioned some personnel matters: Facts and circumstances changed... We continue to give you guys the best information that we can, as quickly as possible."

"I can speak for only the White House. And I can say categorically that, obviously, White House didn't engage in any -- any wrongdoing," Shah said about th Stormy Daniel saga. "Yeah. The campaign or Mr. Cohen can address anything with respect to their actions."




ZEKE MILLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS: First of all, on Thursday, White House officials were up on this stage, and they said the president would sign the omnibus legislation. On Friday morning, he threatened to veto it; ultimately signed it.

Ten days ago, Sarah said that H.R. McMaster had the president's confidence and support. With him leaving last Thursday -- it was announced that he would be leaving the White House.

And about two and a half weeks ago, the president expressed confidence in his attorneys, and then there was a bit of a shakeup there last week.

So can you talk to -- speak to the White House's credibility? Why should we in this room, and more importantly the American people, trust anything that this administration's telling us?

SHAH: Well, you know, our job as a Press Office, and as an administration, is to give you the best information that we have available to us, the most accurate information in a timely fashion.

Sometimes the dynamics are fluid in -- in any given situation. You mentioned some personnel matters: Facts and circumstances changed.

We continue to give you guys the best information that we can, as quickly as possible.

QUESTION: I think -- Raj, one more, quick?

SHAH: Yeah.

QUESTION: Just on Stormy Daniels since (inaudible) of my colleagues have some more questions on that, could you state categorically that the president, his campaigns and the Trump organization did not violate federal law, specifically election law, regarding that payment?

SHAH: Well, I can speak for only the White House. And I can say categorically that, obviously, White House didn't engage in any -- any wrongdoing.

The campaign or Mr. Cohen can address anything with respect to their actions.

With respect to that interview, I will say the president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims. And the only person who's been inconsistent is the one making the claims.

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