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Sarah Sanders 'Cursed and Yelled' at the White House Counsel in a Heated Episode over the Administration's Falsehoods: Report

A new report from the Washington Post details the struggles the press secretary undergoes to keep the White House on message.

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Press secretary Sarah Sanders ended up in a screaming match with White House counsel Don McGahn over the administration's disastrous handling of allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter back in February, according to a new report by the Washington Post. Reporters Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, and Philip Rucker found that the press secretary screamed and cursed at McGahn and refused to do her job unless provided with more information about the Porter situation.

The story details Sanders' struggle in a White House so often producing misleading information, falsehoods, and outright lies. It comes after a particularly dark week for the press secretary, following a briefing which prompted CNN's Jim Acosta to say of Sanders, "It felt as if her credibility was crumbling right before our eyes."

The report also notes that Sanders played a part in drafting the White House's statement in defense of Porter, who eventually resigned over allegations that he has abused his two ex-wives. That statement, the Post said, "later became an embarrassment to the administration."

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The full extent of the White House's knowledge of the allegations against Porter, and why he was kept on staff long after the FBI investigations rendered him ineligible for a full security clearance, remain unexplained.

Deeming Sanders a "willing warrior" for President Donald Trump, the Post article shows that the outward struggles the administration has with the truth are reflected in inward tussles over communications strategy. That jostling was never on better display than this week, when Trump's new attorney Rudy Giuliani flatly contradicted the president and press secretary's previous denials that Trump had any knowledge of the hush money payment to the porn star known as Stormy Daniels.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.