Monday marked the first day on the job for new White House press secretary Josh Earnest, and if the end of the day’s press briefing is any indication, the new guy is in for an interesting tenure.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Real Clear Politics reporter Alexis Simendinger admonished Earnest for denying the White House had any calls to read out between President Obama and foreign leaders about the Iraq crisis.
According to Simendinger, the president had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The exchange, as reported by Free Beacon:
“You got asked earlier,” Simendinger angrily pointed out to Earnest.
Earnest rudely answered, “Uh well, Alexis, you don’t have to get all exercised about this.”
A reporter jumped to Simendinger’s defense. “She’s not getting exercised, she’s telling you what it is,” the reporter said to Earnest.
Simendinger did not back down. “We asked you a question. You should answer the question.”
“I did,” Earnest defensively told her.
“No, you didn’t. You said you had no calls to read out,” Simendinger responded.
Earnest attempted to clarify what he had said. “I was asked if the president had questions with world leaders about the situation in Iraq,” he said.
It seems Earnest has his work cut out for him to get the White House press corps eating out of his hand in the same manner his predecessor did.
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