Former President Barack Obama’s press secretary, Jay Carney, said Wednesday that he “can’t imagine” Obama asking him to lie.
In an interview with David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” his CNN-University of Chicago Institute of Politics podcast (embedded below), Carney said:
People ask me, “What did you do when your president asks you to say something wasn’t true?” I said, “It never happened.” It’s inconceivable to me that it ever would have happened.
According to the Hill, Carney and Axelrod specifically discussed the controversy at the beginning of President Trump’s term, when then-press secretary Sean Spicer lashed out at the media over the size of the crowd at Trump’s Inauguration Day ceremony.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said at the time, despite photos of the incident clearly showing a smaller crowd than at Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
In response, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway spun Spicer’s comments, absurdly claiming Spicer had been providing “alternative facts.”
Carney, who served as press secretary for over three years, told Axelrod that the current press secretary position is “not a job I recognize”:
If your credibility starts to erode, the president’s credibility starts to erode, the administration’s credibility, the country’s credibility.
Carney’s comments come just one week after departing White House communications director Hope Hicks admitted to the House Intelligence Committee that she sometimes tells white liesas part of her work for Trump. She was the fourth communications director to leave in Trump’s first 13 months in office.
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