Press Secretary Sanders brought an end to the #piegate scandal by bringing her homemade chocolate pecan pie to the White House press corps potluck for reporter Ryan to sample.
Reporters dug into chocolate-pecan pie with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Thursday – ending the months-long “piegate” controversy.
“Piegate is over!” declared April Ryan, the Washington, DC, bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, who blasted Sanders in November for allegedly baking a fake pie.
“It’s a nice pie, I believe you made this pie,” Ryan said, admiring the spokesperson’s baking prowess.
Ryan launched the “piegate” saga around Thanksgiving when she questioned a photo of Sanders’ holiday pie, joking it was “fake pie.”
Sanders promised she’d whip up a pie to prove she could hold her own in the kitchen.
“Okay I want to watch you bake it and put it on the table. But forgive I won’t eat it. Remember you guys don’t like the press,” Ryan replied at the time.
On Wednesday, Sanders posted a play by play of her process, with photos of ingredients — including pecans supplied by Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Nick Ayers from his family farm in Georgia – eggs and sugar being mixed and the pies in the oven.
She delivered the goods at today’s White House press potluck.
“I believe that this is our reset, not just for me but for all of us,” said Ryan, who has often tussled with Sanders in the briefing room. “It doesn’t mean that I need to eat the pie.”
“April if it makes you feel better I’ll take a bite first,” the spokeswoman said, but Ryan wouldn’t bite.
“I am not eating the pie,” she retorted.
Other reporters who dared a taste said it was delicious and chocolaty.
Sanders added a little kick too – in the form of bourbon – but assured reporters the alcohol had cooked off in the process.
“I’m not 100 percent sure which ones have bourbon and which ones don’t,” she said to laughs.
Ryan told The Post her initial tweet questioning Sanders’ pies was a “joke.” She apologized the joke spiraled into “piegate” and she’d never want to offend someone’s culinary skills.
“She’s very serious about her pie making apparently and I never want to offend a woman and her culinary skills,” she said.
But the Twitter-sphere had a few reminders...
Replying to @AprilDRyan @PressSec
With deepest respect, ma'am, and with all wishes for a wonderful holiday, I have seen The Help and I do not think you should eat that pie. Or have SHS take a bite first. These people cannot be trusted.
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