When asked if the President was simply being mischievous with the press, Sanders denied that Trump was trying to be humorous.
Huckabee Sanders said, "I haven't been specific about anything". "And that's all that today was about".
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the White House welcomes a "conversation" that both parties plan to have about banning bump stocks, indicating President Trump is open to the idea and wants to be part of the talks.
"We're gonna continue doing that", she continued.
But the rest of the reporters in the room kept hammering at the "calm before the storm" comments, demanding an explanation when the president's words can cause markets to move up or down or allies and foes alike can misinterpret the possibility of military conflict. Trump also is waiting for the investigation to move further along, she said. "And we're not going to announce what actions we'll be taking until that moment comes".
White House officials cautioned against rumors that Trump would make a speech revealing his decision next Thursday.
Trump tweeted earlier in the day that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is continuing to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, should instead focus its efforts on "looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country".
However, a State Department spokeswoman later said that Tillerson has never disparaged Trump with that kind of language.
Sanders cited statistics showing that only five percent of the media's coverage was positive about the president, despite good news in the stock market, job numbers, cutting regulations and the war against ISIS.
Trump, who earlier said Iran had "not lived up to the spirit" of the nuclear deal, was expected to "decertify" and denounce the controversial accord as not being in the US national interest, passing the issue to Congress.
"Absolutely. The president is an incredible advocate of the First Amendment", Sanders replied.