Sep 12, 2017, 5:37 PM ET

White House slams Clinton over 'false and reckless' attacks in new book


The White House shot back against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday as the former Democratic presidential nominee kicked off the tour for her new book explaining her 2016 election loss, accusing her of propping up sales with “false and reckless attacks.”

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked in Tuesday’s daily press briefing whether President Trump has any plans to read Clinton's new book, “What Happened.”

While Sanders brushed off the idea Trump would crack open the more than 500-page account, she instead used it as an opportunity to read off a pre-written rebuttal trashing Clinton.

"I would think that [the president is] pretty well versed on 'What Happened,' and I think it's pretty clear to all of America," Sanders said. "I think it's sad that after Hillary Clinton ran one of the most negative campaigns in history and lost, and the last chapter of her public life is now going to be defined by propping up book sales with false and reckless attacks."

Since Clinton has reemerged on the national scene to promote her latest book, she has similarly leveled fierce attacks against Trump's conduct since taking office. Most recently in an interview with USA Today, Clinton accused Trump's campaign surrogates of assisting Russia in its activities to meddle in the election.

Trump has also repeatedly revived the bitter rhetoric from the campaign, such as using Clinton's email scandal to try to distract from the ongoing investigation into his campaign's possible ties to Russia.

Following the election, the president notably backed off his campaign threat to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. Though he has since publicly lashed out against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, accusing him in a July tweet of taking "a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes."

The White House denied the president was seeking to influence the DOJ to reopen the investigation into Clinton's email practices.

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  • fmd160

    Hillary, you lost so get over it. Trump, you won, so get over it. One's a poor loser and the other is a poor winner.

  • Keith

    False and reckless? You mean like claiming that Obama wasn't born in America, or that Obama wiretapped him, or that Ted Cruz's dad was involved in the Kennedy assassination, or that North Korea would be met by "fire and fury" if they didn't quit threatening the U.S.?

    That kind of reckless?

    Nobody does reckless like Trump. And for this dimwit to defend him day after day, while claiming to be a devout Christian, is truly beyond the pale.

  • miss independent

    she looks like a derranged maniac in that picture

  • Forrest Slater

    It's nice to see Hillary's back to making money the legit way.

  • Planet Earth

    The fact that the WH has to go out of it's way to insult citizens tells you where this WH is. Hey donald, how's the wiretapping investigation going so far?

  • LogicandReason

    Hillary!!! Stop!!! This is not the time for it to be about you!!! Seriously!!! You are NOT helping!!!!

  • Misty Mac

    Trump! Focus! R-U-S-S-I-A.

  • cephalo

    Trump complaining of false attacks? How can she debase her self this way? After this gig, what career is good for someone who is famous for being amoral and duplicitous? I guess if you have enough money, you don't need a career.

  • Keith

    Sanders claiming Hillary ran one of the most negative campaigns in history? Now that's rich, considering her boss is the one who actually did that. (Crooked Hillary, Lyin' Ted, etc.). Trump ran a campaign focused on whipping up the hate and angst of people who want to make America white again, pure and simple.

    And that ain't ever gonna happen.

  • Chescores

    "White House slams Hillary"

    Of course they do! It's one of only 5 or 6 things the White House knows how to do!

    Brag about stuff that didn't really happen.
    Complain about stuff that didn't really happen.
    Hire unqualified people.
    Fire unqualified people for the purpose of hiring OTHER unqualified people
    Slam Hillary

    Yep, that's about it.

  • Andy1

    The White House folks really should not be attacking anyone for attacking them. What goes around comes around. I learned that a very long time ago.

  • John Smith

    The WH needs to concentrate and focus on all the ignorant things that Trump has done over the past two years that he ran for office and the past nine months as POTUS. Never in the history of the USA have we had a more ignorant, unprepared man as POTUS. His entire lifetime is one filled with self serving ignorance and hatred and racism. It's all out there for everyone to see. They need to look in the mirror before they talk about anybody else who has spent over 40 years in the public service.

  • John Michael Davis

    What has Sarah Sanders Huckaby ever done, or accomplished that she can pass judgment on Hillary Clinton? SSH isn't even in the same league as Clinton.