White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest got taken to task today by the White House press corps for failing to reveal, until asked about it, a call between President Obama and Russian President Putin.
Earnest was asked at the end of the briefing about a report that the two presidents had spoken about Ukraine. That would be correct, Earnest confirmed. And then the problems began.
Looks like Josh got his feelings hurt a little bit. But at least he has feelings. His superiors in the Obama White House will soon take care of that.
I have to say though, it appears Josh is right on this one, assuming Putin and Obama didn’t talk about Iraq. Earnest had said earlier in the briefing he had no calls to read out about Iraq, and Putin and Obama are said to have discussed Ukraine.
There may be good diplomatic reasons why the White House would not want to proactively reveal the call. So Josh gets a pass on this one.