[Ed. – The headline appears in the body of a profile of Sarah Huckabee Sanders. It is being called out here primarily because it is the sole information the Times provides in a tweet publicizing the article. It’s almost as if the paper of record disapproves of Sanders’s religiosity. Not to worry, though. The article is actually about the ‘deep distrust that has developed between the Trump administration and the journalists whose work the president derides as “fake news.” ‘]
When Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the newly minted White House press secretary, began her first official briefing by reading a child’s letter to President Trump — “Everybody calls me Pickle, I’m 9 years old, and you’re my favorite president” — the backlash was swift.
Reporters called it a transparent attempt to distract from numerous scandals roiling the White House. Theories surfaced that Mr. Trump, who once impersonated his own spokesman, had written the missive himself. (He didn’t.)
“I didn’t know it was going to be such a controversy,” Ms. Sanders said during an interview last week in her spartan West Wing office. “I was like, what has happened in America when a kid writes a very innocent, nice letter and it turns into, like, handwriting specialists and psychologists?”
Absurd as it was, the Pickle affair offered a low-stakes microcosm of the deep distrust that has developed between the Trump administration and the journalists whose work the president derides as “fake news.” And it underscored the why-would-you-want-this nature of Ms. Sanders’s new job: defending a president who is at war with the news media and an administration that has repeatedly been denounced for playing loose with facts.