| WTF News |
December 7, 2014
During Monday’s press briefing, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was caught saying that statements representing the official position of the US government were “ridiculous” after she thought the microphones had stopped recording. The comment came after journalists voiced displeasure over the response to a journalist who was looking for more information.
The exchange happened as a journalist asked Psaki to comment on the decision by an Egyptian court that cleared former President Hosni Mubarak of murder charges. Psaki responded with a generic statement prepared for her.
“Generally, we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends,” Psaki said.
The exchange became comedic when the reporters refused to accept the vague response.
Reporters, including Lee, did not find that satisfying, but Psaki evaded their questions, saying she would not comment further.
“What does that mean?” a flummoxed voice can be heard asking.
“Wow. I don’t understand that at all,” the bemused Lee pushes. “What you said says nothing. It’s like saying ‘We support the right of people to breathe.’ That’s great, but if you can’t breathe.”
As the conference comes to an end and the lights dim, Psaki — seemingly unaware that her microphone is still on — suddenly goes off script.
“That Egypt line is ridiculous,” she can be heard saying, as Lee guffaws.
At one point, it sounds like Lee almost says “what the f…” before rephrasing his outrage.
Maybe we can expect her “resign” soon if she can’t be the mouthpiece and read the lies with a straight face anymore.
Watch the clip below. RT also put together a compilation of Jen Psaki’s most entertaining grillings (VIDEO)
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