President Donald Trump’s press secretary has been in a bind as he tries to navigate a crisis of confidence with the press.
John Kirby, who was the deputy press secretary for the Trump campaign, has been under heavy criticism for not acting as the president’s top media surrogate.
The White House is also reportedly considering firing Kirby after the press secretary failed to appear before the press, even as Trump claimed he would, after he was fired for failing to adhere to the press schedule.
Now, Kirby has been caught up in a series of crises, from the White House’s botched response to the deadly shooting in Alexandria, Va., to the revelation that his former communications director, Hope Hicks, had leaked classified information.
On Wednesday, Kirby appeared before a Senate panel, and the situation became even more awkward.
Kirby and the White’s response to media reports of the deadly attack in Alexandria have become a flashpoint for criticism from within the administration.
During a press conference at the White Senate in February, Trump was asked about the White Helmets, an international relief effort, and told reporters, “They do a good job.
They are doing a great job.”
A few weeks later, Trump again criticized the group, and blamed them for a video showing the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack in Syria, when a video that had been released by the White Helmet appeared to show the victim being beheaded.
The White Helmet video has since been verified as fake.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday, Kirby was asked if he was willing to be the president of the United States, and replied, “Of course I am.”
“I don’t have any problem with that,” he continued.
When asked if Trump would fire Kirby if he refused to meet with the media in his capacity as White House press secretary, Kirby responded, “Absolutely.””
But if you’re going to be in the Whitehouse, I’m sure he’ll have some questions.”
When asked if Trump would fire Kirby if he refused to meet with the media in his capacity as White House press secretary, Kirby responded, “Absolutely.”
Kirbys response to that was, “The president of America is not going to answer any questions.
If you don’t want to meet the president, that’s fine, but the president is not your boss.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.