The job of White House press secretary may be a thankless task, but the two individuals who have occupied this position in the Trump administration share similar personal styles. Both Sean Spicer and Sarah Huckabee Sanders have a smug attitude designed to convey as little information as possible to the press and the public. Sanders' comments about the Mueller investigation are a perfect example: She averred that George Papadopoulos' involvement with the Trump campaign was on a "volunteer and extremely limited role." Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI with regard to "the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials." Apparently, he was a foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign and tried to arrange contacts with the Putin regime through senior members of the administration's inner circle. Methinks Papadopoulos' role could hardly be minimized by saying he was a volunteer. Sanders' dismissive comments are hardly edifying for those of us trying to understand the morass of the Trump administration.
Salt Lake City