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Jake Tapper gave a blistering response to the White House after it asserted that it was “highly inappropriate” for journalists to challenge a four-star general during a press briefing Friday.

“If you want to go after Gen. Kelly, that is up to you. If you want to get into a debate with a four-star Marine general, I think that’s something highly inappropriate,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when journalists challenged chief of staff John Kelly’s account of a speech given by Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) in 2015.

On Thursday, Kelly said that during an FBI building dedication, the Florida congresswoman, who has criticized President Donald Trump for his phone call to a Gold Star widow, had boasted about how she raised funds for the building and failed to honor the fallen agents for whom the building was named.


Video of the speech has disproved Kelly’s account, but that didn’t stop the White House from pushing back against reporters.

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On Friday’s “The Lead,” Tapper said that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander’s comment was “perfectly acceptable if you’re the press secretary of a junta, but not if your the press secretary of the White House.”

Tapper continued: “There’s a long tradition in this country of questioning generals. You know who has done a lot of questioning of generals? President Trump.”

The host of “State of the Union” then went on to read tweets sent out by President Trump where he criticized generals.

Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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