Daily Caller White House reporter Neil Munro, who Friday interrupted President Obama during remarks on deportation policy in the Rose Garden, was himself deported out of the country early Saturday.
A White House official acknowledged late this morning that Munro had been deported to the wrong country.
“We heard what sounded like a Scottish accent, so we deported him to Scotland,” the official said. Munro, however, is from Ireland. “We regret the error,” the official said.
The official said ferry service is being arranged to take Munro and his family to Ireland.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the timing of Munro’s deportation was a complete coincidence. “Munro’s deportation has been planned for months,” Carney said, adding, “Yeah, that’s the ticket.”
Carney claimed Munro had attempted to disguise his true identity by dropping the letter “e” from the end of his name.
“It’s pretty obvious his name is Munroe,” Carney said. “Basically, the guy’s been hiding out behind an ‘e’.”
But it’s clear Munro’s questioning of Obama rankled the White House which, though Munro says he thought the president was finished speaking, is treating the matter as a heckling incident and a serious breach of protocol.
In an Oval Office interview with the Unassociated Press, Obama defended both his new policy and the decision to deport Munro.
“Sure, I’ve made an end run around Congress and created my own law,” Obama said in reference to the new policy, under which the administration will no longer deport illegal aliens who arrived in the United States as children.
“But breaches of the Constitution are common, everyday events. Breaches of White House protocol are a serious matter,” Obama said as he removed his feet from The Resolute, the historic White House desk dating back to Rutherford B. Hayes.
“This guy disrespected the presidency in the Rose Garden, right outside the Oval Office, where presidents have signed landmark legislation, held historic meetings, and received oral sex,” Obama added.
Munro, who was traveling in the Irish Sea, could not be reached for comment.
A White House spokesman said funding for the ferry trip had been taken by the administration from money appropriated by Congress for Afghan reconstruction.