Awkward: White House Reporter Asks John Kirby Whether He Is ‘Second Press Secretary,’ There To ‘Undermine’ Jean-Pierre | Eastern North Carolina Now | National Security Council spokesman John Kirby had a tense exchange with a reporter who said some are accusing Kirby of trying to “undermine” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is John Rigolizzo.

    National Security Council spokesman John Kirby had a tense exchange with a reporter who said some are accusing Kirby of trying to "undermine" White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

    During the White House's daily press briefing Friday, Today News Africa White House reporter Simon Ateba asked Kirby to clarify "confusion" he encountered when talking to everyday people who claimed that Kirby acts like the "second press secretary" and is trying to undermine the first black press secretary. Kirby said it was "regrettable" that anyone would get such an idea and stressed that he is solely focused on national security issues.

    "On your job at the White House - because I've been asked this question - there seems to be some confusion about what your role is, what type of questions [we should] ask you, sometimes you act like the second press secretary," Ateba said, prompting Kirby to shake his head no.

    "Can you explain exactly what your job is at the White House and if you're the second press secretary? What type of questions should we ask you? Is it on ... national security? And the reason I'm asking is because almost everywhere I go, I have black people telling me that the reason you're at the White House is to undermine the first female black press secretary, so can you clarify that and explain why the ... national security experts at the NSC who can always be here and take questions on National Security, so what type of questions should we ask you?"

    Kirby was visibly taken aback by the question. "If anyone gets any kind of idea in their head that I'm taking away from Karine or her work, that's really regrettable," he replied. "And I'm very sorry that that's any impression that anybody would have."

    "I am simply working at the National Security Council on national security communications - and with her good graces, I'm able to come up here every now and then to talk to you about simply national security issues," he continued. "That's my portfolio. That's where I'm limited. That's where I'll stay. And I do it at her invitation and with her approval to come up here. So that's the focus. I'm happy to answer national security questions and that's about it."

    A retired rear admiral in the Navy, Kirby served as the Pentagon press secretary from January 2021 until May 2022, when he joined the White House as the National Security Council's Coordinator for Strategic Communications. He previously served as Pentagon spokesman during the Obama administration.

    Kirby was rumored to be a favorite to replace former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki before Jean-Pierre was tapped to assume the position. Still, Kirby quickly began appearing alongside Jean-Pierre in press briefings to answer national security questions. Ateba's question gave voice to an observation made in private by other members of the press corps, the New York Post reported.

    Ateba also has a history of creating uncomfortable moments during White House briefings. He heckled Psaki to take a question from him during her final White House briefing. Last month, he similarly shouted over other reporters trying to have a question answered until Kirby reprimanded him. "This is the White House press briefing room, and you need to be more respectful," Kirby scolded.

poll#132
Considering that Joe Biden is considered by so many to be the Imposter President: Is he actually knowledgeable enough, wise enough, patriotic enough to be this Constitutional Republic's president at this difficult point in these tumultuous times?
  Yes, Mr. Biden is thoughtful and kind, and just so different from the "Orange Man".
  No, this representation of "president" is either too corrupt, too stupid, or both to be a real president.
  I just want the fun guy, who knew how to make stuff work back.
647 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


poll#154
Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
1,181 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

Go Back


Leave a Guest Comment

Your Name or Alias
Your Email Address ( your email address will not be published)
Enter Your Comment ( no code or urls allowed, text only please )



Comment

Me said:
( October 8th, 2022 @ 4:38 pm )
 
Can we just park the District of Columbia on some island somewhere out in the middle of the ocean and they can still be the United States but raise their own money and that way America can be fresh and happy and free again ?
Please.



Sarah Huckabee Sanders Reveals Successful Thyroid Cancer Procedure, Says She’s ‘Cancer-Free’ Daily Wire, Guest Editorial, Editorials, Op-Ed & Politics Biden Mentions Lie He Told During 2020 Campaign Speeches


HbAD0

Latest Op-Ed & Politics

We trust our readers to make their own conclusions. We'd love to hear what you think
A spokesman for Santa's Workshop today announced the organization's latest advance in their ongoing efforts to determine who's naughty and who's nice
demands federal government pays it to all, costing billions
Vice President Kamala Harris is spearheading a White House initiative to electrify the nation’s school buses, the administration announced Wednesday.
politization of leadership is biggest public concern
Twitter CEO Elon Musk said Monday that he will soon be releasing files on how the social media platform has engaged in suppressing free speech.
In the age of wokeness, ideological (re)education trumps mission-preparedness.
A new book alleges that after Ted Kennedy left his car and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, in a pond off of Chappaquiddick Island, where Kopechne drowned, he returned to the party they had attended and told his close friends he wanted to say Kopechne was driving the car.
Hawaii’s largest active volcano began erupting Sunday night, with lava flow warnings issued to the surrounding area.

HbAD1

 
Back to Top