April Ryan to Huckabee Sanders: Does administration ‘think slavery is wrong?’

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CNN contributor and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan on Tuesday asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders if the administration believed “slavery is wrong.”

The question at the end of the Tuesday briefing comes one day after White House chief of staff John Kelly stated in a Fox News interview that the Civil War happened in part because of “a failure to compromise” between the North and South.

“Does this administration think that slavery is wrong?” Ryan asked after Sanders had already left the podium.


Sanders did not respond to Ryan’s question, which was among several shouted to the press secretary as she exited the James S. Brady briefing room.

Ryan took to Twitter afterward to confirm she asked the question, adding “there were crickets!” because Sanders didn’t respond. 


Sanders was asked earlier in the press briefing about Kelly’s remarks around it being “dangerous” to scrub away the country’s imperfect past.

“Look, all of our leaders have flaws,” Sanders replied when asked about Kelly’s remarks. “That doesn’t diminish their contributions to our country and certainly can’t erase them from history. And General Kelly was simply making the point because history isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s not our history.”

Speaking to Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on Monday, Kelly said, “I don’t think we should debate every moment of history.”

“I think those moments took place. There are moments that are going to be a lot less proud of than others. But we can’t erase the fact they happened.”

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