White House correspondent April Ryan claimed this week that she has received death threats over a question she asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
What's the background?
Ryan's question — which Sanders dubbed "absolutely ridiculous" — came during a White House press briefing Tuesday and was whether President Donald Trump had considered resigning from the presidency.
"Sarah, two questions," Ryan asked. "The president said yesterday he was compliant. They turned over a million documents. If he was compliant with these investigations, why was there a search warrant needed?"
Sanders responded, "This doesn’t have anything to do with the president, and I would refer you to Michael Cohen and his attorney. When it comes to matters of the special counsel in dealings with the president we’ve been fully cooperative."
Apparently satisfied with Sanders' response, Ryan moved on to her second question.
"OK, next question," Ryan continued. "With all of this turmoil, particularly this last week, has the president at any time, thought about stepping down before or now?"
Sanders was clearly put off by the line of questioning and quickly shut Ryan's suggestion down.
"No," Sanders answered, "and I think that’s an absolutely ridiculous question."
Ryan objected, saying that she didn't believe that the question was "ridiculous," but Sanders was intent on forging ahead with the briefing.
"I gave you two questions, April, we’re moving on," Sanders said in response.
And what's she saying now?
"They’re angry," she said. "I’ve been getting death threats and we’ve been calling the FBI and I mean, I put one on social media and this is real."
"I asked a simple question," she added. "I did not point a finger, I asked a question and now my life is in jeopardy because of a question. But I’m going to continue to do my job."
Ryan went on to detail her perception of the question's credibility, noting that the "White House does not want to deal with because they’re trying to craft the picture, the winning image."
"And there is no winning picture at this moment," she said.
Ryan has an interesting history as a journalist, and especially with the Trump administration.
In October, Ryan asked the White House if slavery was "wrong."
Sanders did not respond to the question.
Ryan was also at the center of Sanders "piegate" controversy around Thanksgiving, in which she accused the press secretary of lying about her baking skills.
Sanders baked Ryan a second pie to prove her culinary prowess.
A former Obama press secretary once even told Ryan to "calm down" during a heated exchange.