May 26, 2018
It’s Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, but thanks to a bald-faced lie from Donald Trump on Twitter this morning, many familiar briefing room characters piped up in response. Also Chrissy Teigan, always a friend of the blog.
Here’s the tweet:
So, Donald Trump said a number of his own team didn’t exist and a briefing in the briefing room didn’t happen.
When the White House communications staff does background briefings, a stipulation is that whoever is talking will be referred to as a senior White House official instead of by their name. It’s a normal part of the deal.
Ashley Parker’s was the first tweet I saw — before even Trump’s. She writes for the Washington Post and I’ve been looking at her sideways ever since she glibly said on Pod Save the America that she was pleasantly surprised that covering this White House was “really fun” and “like covering a campaign.” I’ve been like, “Oh good, glad you’re enjoying our dystopian hellscape, ASHLEY.” But I appreciated that she jumped right on this situation this morning.
Outspoken Brian Karem, he of the shouted end-of-briefing questions from the sideline, said the name of the official.
Another White House reporter:
Chrissy Teigen swiping at the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman (the Trump Whisperer) was one of my favorite things of the day.
Maggie Haberman pushed back against Boris Epshteyn about it.
And then a bunch of other stuff happened that I missed, but I can only imagine that people were giving Maggie Haberman a hard time for being kind of a slippery Trump semi-apologist even though she knows better.
Chrissy Teigen was still on the case when I popped back in.
Other people who weighed in… Peter Baker, also of the New York Times.
And Andrew Feinberg, whose story I find so baffling, but who still has that press credential I guess?