Trump's "apology" was similar in character, minimizing what he had done, while turning the entire exercise into an excuse to attack Hillary Clinton, and not apologizing for the million other things he'd said and done. He winked when a reporter asked him to clarify, saying "You'll find out".
Sanders talked right over Reid and said that the San Juan mayor made "zero comments" when President Trump opened the table for discussion during his visit to PR.
"We see a problem with any stories that are inaccurate or untruthful being presented to the American people as facts", she said, punting.
WASHINGTON-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to say Friday what President Donald Trump meant when he told reporters Thursday evening that a dinner with senior military officials and their spouses was the "calm before the storm".
Pressed on whether or not the public should take Trump's comments seriously, Sanders responded that the American people could take the president's commitment to national security seriously. "He's been very clear that that's his number one priority, and if he feels action is necessary, he will take it".
The Trump-stirred confusion over Puerto Rico's debt - the comment that "we're going to have to wipe that out" - is but the latest that his handlers had to clean up to plug the gap between his words and actual policy. "But I do think that we should call on all media to a higher standard".
Multiple outlets have reported that the White House next week will effectively scrap the Iran nuclear deal signed by the Obama administration in 2015, kick-starting a new standoff between Iran and the U.S.
He also pledged to "do what we must do to prevent that from happening and it will be done, if necessary".