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Sarah Sanders Refused to Lead Monday's Press Briefing to Avoid Questions on Family Separation Policy: Report

Instead, Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen agreed to take questions from the White House briefing room.

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After the White House press briefing was delayed multiple times for several hours on Monday, it was eventually announced that press secretary Sarah Sanders would not be leading the briefing as she typically does.

The reason? According to CNN reporter Oliver Darcy, she didn't want to face questions about the administration's policy of separating immigrants families and detaining children.

"A White House official tells [CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny] that [Sanders] didn't want to do the briefing today amid questions on child separation policy, so [Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen] is being flown in from New Orleans to take questions," he wrote on Twitter.

As many people observed, New Orleans is quite a distance away from Washington, D.C.

Last Thursday, Sander appeared rattled as reporters grilled her about the cruel and abusive policy, about which the administration's policy has been wildly inconsistent.

“You’re a parent, don’t you have any empathy?” one reporter asked her last week. “Come on, Sarah, you're a parent. Don’t you have any empathy for what these people are going through?”

She ignored the question.

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