Sarah Sanders doesn’t take many interviews, but this week she sat for a lengthy Q&A with the Christian Broadcasting Network and said that God had wanted Donald Trump to become president.
“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that He wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders said. “That’s why [Trump’s] there and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about.”
The interview was conducted by CBN News chief political analyst David Brody and senior Washington correspondent Jennifer Wishon at Sanders’ White House office on Wednesday.
In her remarks, the press secretary also took Democrats to task over past comments she said were anti-Semitic and associations with Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan.
“The idea that they can take picture after picture and continue to support people like Louis Farrakhan is beyond me,” Sanders said. “And I think that’s something that not only do the leaders in the Democrat party need to call out but I think the mainstream media needs to call it out.”
It was a rare interview for Sanders, who has broadly cut back on media appearances in recent months. When she does speak, her remarks are usually confined to Fox News or friendly outlets like CBN. The station is owned by longtime evangelical activist Pat Robertson — who himself has interviewed President Trump on the network.
For the general White House press corps, Sanders has become an increasingly elusive figure. On Monday, she delivered her first press briefing of the new year, offering reporters a few minutes after lengthier remarks by Trump officials like National Security Adviser John Bolton and Director of the United States National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow.
Her last days of regular briefings coincided with a growing level of hostility between herself and the national media. Her frequent fights with CNN’s Jim Acosta often made more headlines than whatever news she was there to deliver.