Sanders was asked during the White House briefing about the reported rift between the president and Tillerson, who held an impromptu news conference a day earlier to deny an NBC News report that he had considered resigning last summer.
"I wouldn't say that he's messing with the press", Sanders said. "And that's all that today was about".
"We see a problem with any stories that are inaccurate or untruthful being presented to the American people as facts", she said.
Of course, given that Trump today stole contraception coverage from likely millions of women, and stole civil rights protections from LGBT people by prioritizing religious rights, some might call that the storm too.
The Trump-stirred confusion over Puerto Rico's debt - the comment that "we're going to have to wipe that out" - is but the latest that his handlers had to clean up to plug the gap between his words and actual policy.
Sanders indicated Trump and the administration do not.
Sanders' comments came hours after Trump urged the Senate Intelligence Committee - which is now focused on an ongoing investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian operatives - to instead investigate "the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!"
"I think that it is sad that the Mayor of San Juan chose to make that a political statement instead of a time of focusing on the relief efforts".
"What's the storm?" a reporter asked.
However, a State Department spokeswoman later said that Tillerson has never disparaged Trump with that kind of language.
Huckabee Sanders was clarifying remarks she made in the wake of this week's mass shooting in Las Vegas that this was "not the time to talk about gun control".
Trump will decertify the Iran nuclear pact next week, declaring it is not in the national interest, but let Congress decide whether to actually walk away from it.
"I'm using that as an example", Sanders replied.