NYT: Trump viewed Sanders as weak for not walking out during White House Correspondents dinner
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President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE viewed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as weak for not walking out during the White House Correspondents' Association dinner in April, according to a New York Times article published Monday.

Sanders, who sat at the head table during the annual dinner in Washington, D.C., did not walk out in protest when comedian Michelle Wolf roasted her and made fun of the administration. Wolf was criticized for taking aim at Sanders, with many accusing the former "Daily Show" writer of mocking the press secretary’s physical appearance. 

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"I actually really like Sarah. I think she's very resourceful," Wolf joked at the dinner. "But she burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies."

Sanders later responded by saying the joke "says more about her than it does about me."

Trump has also routinely asked people how they perceive Sanders, and he's told her that he plans to “grade” her on her public appearances, according to the Times, which cited unnamed people close to the president.

The article was published on the same day that Trump criticized a Virginia restaurant owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, who asked Sanders to leave the restaurant because of her role in the administration.

"Her actions say far more about her than about me," Sanders tweeted on Saturday, confirming the incident from the night before.