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Sarah Sanders gives White House news briefing

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Melinda Barton | 07 October, 2017, 02:37

In response to a question from a reporter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the White House press corps Friday afternoon that President Donald Trump is "keeping the world from chaos".

"I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis and chief of staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos", Corker said, referring to Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Asked about the off chance that Trump was merely being "mischievous" or even "messing with the press a little bit", Sanders replied that she hadn't said that was the case and that North Korea and Iran continued to be "bad actors" that merit USA vigilance.

"We know that members of both parties and multiple organizations are planning to take a look at bump stocks and related devices", Huckabee Sanders said. To understand the president's intentions, one occasionally may need to ignore what he says.

Reporters also peppered Sanders with questions about a nebulous comment Trump made about "the calm before the storm" during a Thursday photo-op with military families.

The first time he said it, Trump had been meeting with senior military leaders at the White House.

The confusion and concern dragged on into Friday. When pressed as to what he meant, especially given the problems with North Korea and rumors he will decertify the Iran nuclear agreement, the president would only say, "You'll find out".

Sanders, likewise, did little to shed light on the situation.

"We're gonna continue doing that", she continued.

One reporter even asked the press secretary whether Trump was employing a "madman theory" of leadership, and making empty threats meant to rattle his adversaries. "When we don't, I think that's troubling for all of us".

"He certainly doesn't want to lay out his game plan for our enemies", Sanders replied.