Sarah Sanders: Trump hasn't ‘at any point’ done anything but ‘condemn violence against journalists'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE has only ever condemned violence against the media, distancing him from a recently arrested Coast Guard lieutenant’s plans to kill several high-profile Democrats and media personalities. 

Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, was arrested Wednesday on gun and drug charges.

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Authorities said Hasson had stashed a cache of guns, compiled a hit list of prominent Democrats and called for the use of violence to “establish a white homeland.” 

“I certainly don’t think that the president has at any point done anything but condemn violence against journalists or anyone else. In fact, every single time something like this happens, the president is typically one of the first people to condemn the violence and the media is the first people to blame the president,” Sanders said Friday when asked if the president had any intention of toning down his criticism of the media. “We should all join together and condemn the violence whether it’s against members of the media, whether it’s against Democrats, Republicans, any person in this country.” 

Trump has yet to publicly condemn Hasson, whose hit list included MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough, Chris Hayes and Ari Melber; CNN hosts Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones; Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.); Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMalaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight MORE (D-Calif.); and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Democratic demolition derby Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' MORE (D-N.Y.), among others.

Trump has tweeted a barrage of criticism directed at the media since the arrest was announced, saying, “The New York Times reporting is false. They are a true ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” and “Fake News is so bad for our Country!” 

He’s also in the past praised Rep. Greg GianforteGregory Richard GianforteGOP leader warns lawmakers on fundraising: 'Getting our ass kicked' Providing more information on the prescription drug supply chain will help lower costs for all Here are the lawmakers who aren't seeking reelection in 2020 MORE (R-Mont.) for body slamming a reporter and considered paying the legal fees for a man who struck a protester at one of Trump's campaign rallies.

“We endorsed Greg really early, but I heard that he had body-slammed a reporter. And he was way up … and I said, ‘Oh, this is terrible, he’s going to lose the election.’ But then I said, ‘Well, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him,’ and it did. … He’s a great guy and a tough cookie,” Trump said in October.