The Trump administration is also on the cusp of decertifying America's nuclear agreement with Iran, potentially knocking over the first domino in a sequence that triggers another USA war in the Middle East.
A reporter asked Sanders if Trump saw a distinction between actual fake news, which is being explored tangentially by the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its Russian Federation probe, and what he calls "fake news", or stories he dislikes.
After being continuously pressed to clarify his comments, Trump later told reporters, "You'll find out".
In his debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the U.S. or any of its allies, deriding Kim as "Rocket Man" and warning he is on a "suicide mission".
Trump would not say.
"We see a problem with any stories that are inaccurate or untruthful being presented to the American people as facts", she said. ISIS? North Korea? Iran?
Democrats are calling this a new low and Republicans are cheering this as the president making good on a campaign promise.
War of words between United States president and Kim Jong-un further escalates as Trump hints at military intervention.
Since the president's visit, the death toll has risen to 36 and is expected to continue to rise as means of communication on the island are restored, according to NPR. "Tremendous progress has been made with respect to ISIS, and I guess the media is going to be finding out about that over the next short period of time", he said.
"I think we've got a lot of bad actors in the world, North Korea, Iran, there's several examples there". This is a common statement for them, but one that has less and less meaning with a president who has already ruled out all the non-war options.
When another reporter asked Sanders if reporters were properly interpreting her interpretation of what the president said, she replied: "I haven't been specific about anything".
Or was he just in the mood to make mischief for no real reason?
She added: "I don't think there's anything beyond that, that I can add on that front".