White House press secretary Sean Spicer could learn a thing or two from Lisa Owen

The Washington Post reports that Trump’s press secretary hid behind a hedge in an attempt to hide from journalists.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with the network Fox Business from the White House grounds late on Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge.

To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Donald Trump suddenly decided to fire the FBI director.

For four hours, Spicer and his staff had been scrambling to answer that question. Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5.40pm and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be gathered in the briefing room.

He then vanished, with his staff locking the door leading to his office. The press staff said that Spicer might do a briefing, then announced that he definitely wouldn’t say anything more that night.

After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.

“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he ordered. “We’ll take care of this … Can you just turn that light off?”

Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall scrubs, with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between light-hearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again.

It all adds to the colour of the White House under Trump, but I can’t say it’s anywhere near professional.  Perhaps that’s what people voted for when they wanted the swamp drained.  Real people.  People that make mistakes.


– Washington Post via Stuff


Oh, and here’s Lisa Owen at the Manukau Court heading towards the bushes to conceal herself so I might be fooled into thinking she had gone home.

via LF

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