During a press briefing on May 9, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to categorically state whether administration officials lied publicly in their representation of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
“Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran Nuclear Deal,” asked Fox News reporter Kevin Corke.
No, Kevin,” replied Earnest, dodging the question by then describing the benefits of the deal.
According to Western Journalism, Corke then gave Earnest another opportunity to deny that White House officials lied in their representation of the deal.
“I just want to make sure, I want to give you another run at it, because I’m not sure if you misspoke. I said, ‘Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration ever lied publicly about any aspect of the deal?’” asked Corke again.
“There is no evidence that that ever occurred,” Earnest responded.
Now, however, Earnest is saying that he misspoke due to cross talk that prevented him from hearing Corke properly. The fallout over this exchange has since led to questions of the integrity of the Obama administration’s interactions with the press.
During today’s briefing, Fox New corespondent James Rosen at today’s briefing addressed the controversy.
“ABC News, Bloomberg News, Jason Chaffetz, many others — this reporter included — state, categorically, that the video shows, unmistakable, that you answer, ‘No, Kevin.’ And in fact, Mr. Corke gave you a second chance during that briefing to answer that question, because the answer was so striking,” said Rosen. “You said yesterday that there was a little cross talk, that made this exchange inaudible. The very transcript of yesterday’s briefing is stuttered with the word inaudible, where it’s appropriate. Why did the May 9 transcript not contain the word ‘inaudible?’”
“Uh, James, I don’t write the transcripts,” replied Earnest, going on to defend the Iran deal again.
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