Following her Tuesday press briefing where she slammed the mainstream media for their Trump-Russia coverage and forced a White House correspondent to defend the press from allegations of dishonesty, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has once again found herself in hot water after trying to defend Donald Trump's tweets about MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

'When the president gets hit, he's going to hit back harder'

On Thursday, the Principal Deputy stood before the members of the media to entertain their questions on behalf of Press Secretary Sean Spicer. When asked about the president's remarks about the program and its host, Mika Brzezinski, Sanders explained that the U.S.

leader was expected to react that way after being the regular subject of their personal attacks.

She even accused the cable show of being critical not only to the president but also to some of his staffers whom this show have called liars. "I don't think it's a surprise to anybody that he fights fire with fire," Sanders said of Trump. While all of these are happening to the current administration, the Principal Deputy assured that the U.S.

leader will not step back and allow the "liberal media" and "Hollywood elites" to attack his leadership.

No intention to promote violence

Sanders explained that Trump was in no way promoting violence when he defended himself from getting personally attacked by his detractors. When she was asked about the president attacking a woman, the Principal Deputy returned to her central argument about "Morning Joe's" constant criticisms about him whom they even called "mentally ill" and "utterly stupid."

"One hand it's like, let's treat everybody equally, and on the other hand they attack attack attack and he responds and apparently that's wrong," she added.

She even slammed the media for focusing too much on Trump-Russia issue over some other news that the American people deserve to know about. Sander specifically mentioned economy growth, a decrease in unemployment rate, and stock market gain, and accused the press of setting aside these narratives for one story.

Her efforts to defend the president infuriated this administration's critics.

Scott Dworkin, a co-founder of Dem Coalition, branded Sanders as an "embarrassment to women," while MSNBC's Joy Reid slammed the Principal Deputy for being "shameless." Another commenter said Sanders is a "disgrace" for trying to defend someone who "condones sexism, hate, and bullying."