CNN’s April Ryan Suggests Sarah Sanders Responsible for Death Threats

CNN contributor April Ryan (R) and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (L).
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American Urban Radio White House correspondent and CNN analyst April Ryan said that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders should be paying for her bodyguard in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter published Tuesday.

April Ryan told THR that she hired a bodyguard after receiving death threats. “All I’m going to say for my safety is: I have a team,” she was quoted as saying.

The CNN analyst also thinks that Sarah Sanders should foot the bill for her protection.

“I’ve had some people wait for me outside the White House… There is a concern now. I mean, I’ve had death threats, I’ve had craziness, so I have a real concern. An honest, real concern… Do I have a bodyguard? Yes, I do. Am I paying for it? Yes, I am. And, I think [Sanders] should have to pay for it, especially if she’s stirring it up with her boss,” Ryan told THR.

The 50-year-old reporter also said that Sanders should be “ashamed of herself” for her performance as press secretary.

“She should be ashamed of herself for going out there, saying some of the things that she’s said,” Ryan said. “She tries to insult my intelligence. And not just my intelligence, the world’s intelligence….”

This interview comes as Ryan has a new book coming out titled Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House.

In May, the two women clashed in the White House briefing room when Sanders told Ryan, “With all due respect, you actually don’t know much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don’t.”

Ryan later said on that Sanders’ remarks, which she misquoted, could start “a physical fight.”


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