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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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 PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.); and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGeorge Conway calls Trump a 'racist president' in new op-ed House Democrats introduce resolution condemning Trump for 'racist' comments Trump's family separation policy has taken US to 'lowest depth possible,' says former immigration lawyer 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 GianforteTrump declares Gorka 'wins big' after clash with reporters in Rose Garden Republican who lost Montana Senate bid to run for House next year Gianforte files to run for Montana governor 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.