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Sarah Sanders starts press briefing with a lengthy story about reporters drinking at a bar

On the day news broke that several former aides to President Trump were facing charges in the investigation into Russian meddling in the election, press secretary Sarah Sanders kicked off her highly anticipated press briefing on Monday with a lengthy and at times confusing allegory intended to defend President Trump’s tax plan.

Her monologue, which stretched almost five minutes, was a version of a story that had been “floating around the Internet,” Sanders said.

It centered around a group of 10 fictional reporters who gathered each night to drink beer. Each paid a portion of the bar tab, but the 10th reporter paid most of the bill, while several other reporters paid nothing.

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When the bar manager offered the reporters a break on the cost of their drinks, the reporters split the savings according to the principles of the current tax code.

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As several of the reporters complained that their savings weren’t fair and exploited the reporters who paid nothing, the reporter who paid the most felt shunned and stopped drinking with the group.

Without the 10th reporter’s contribution, the group didn’t have enough money to pay the bar tab.

“The people who already paid the highest taxes will naturally benefit from a tax reduction, but not the largest-percent benefit. Taxing them too much — attack them — and they might start drinking overseas where atmosphere is somewhat friendlier,” she said.

The goal of the story seemed to be to defend the tax breaks wealthy Americans would receive under the GOP’s tax-cut plan.

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“This is a silly story of course, but it illustrates some very important points. Our tax cuts and reforms will create a fairer system that works better for everyone,” Sanders said. “And it will make our country the friendliest in the world for American families trying to build a better life for ourselves and our children, and for American companies seeking a competitive edge.”

Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.