Reporters were up in arms yesterday when a White House conference call on Iran devolved into a chaotic verbal slugfest.
After twenty-two minutes of Trump staff trying to figure out how to enable the “listening only” feature on West Wing phones, the gloves came off, with usually impartial journalists letting their true feelings fly:
“This White House can’t even run a f*cking conference call,” said one reporter to the entire un-muted group. “They don’t know how to mute their line.”
Infantile senior Trump officials, resembling their “I know you are, but what am I” boss, snapped back, “It’s the illegitimate media that doesn’t know how to conduct themselves. They can’t mute their f*cking phones.”
Only intensifying the self-parody, the administration was holding the call to announce that they would be following President Barack Obama’s exact Iran Nuclear deal plan, despite Trump’s having spent the past two years criticizing it.
The aides told the angry phone mob that they would continuing waiving nuke-related sanctions against Iran.
One political genius repeatedly intervened over the noise of the crowd, telling them to hush up, “so the people in charge” could run the show.
But if only one thing was clear from the call, it was that absolutely no one is in charge at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
A reporter clapped back sarcastically, “This is Kim Jong Un calling for Donald Trump.”
According to CBS News, “A State Department official announced at the end of the call that the technical difficulties prevented the senior administration officials from taking any questions from reporters.”
As usual, they were running from the free press, which they know has their number.
This is not the first time the White House has utterly botched a conference call with reporters.
Trump’s shoehorned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief, Mick Mulvaney, held a call when he ran the Budget Office, during which all assembled could hear everything from crying babies, to violent coughs, to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”
Mulvaney himself called it a “disaster.”
One thing for sure, the greatest disaster of all is the Trump White House.