Top State Department Spokesperson Tried to Troll CNN - And It Failed Spectacularly
The President of the United States is at an important summit in Singapore, supposedly negotiating nuclear disarmament (or trying to) with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump himself blasted U.S. allies for what he claimed was a lack of support and for not focusing on his talks, but Trump's own State Dept. spokesperson apparently didn't get the memo.
In a ridiculous tweet Heather Nauert tried to troll Trump's least-favorite news outlet, possibly in an attempt to curry favor with her boss's boss.
Hey @cnn where was @Potus today? Meeting with his national security team and greeting our dedicated embassy colleag… https://t.co/ieYvwynj9v— Morgan Ortagus (@Morgan Ortagus)1528727677.0
Apparently from Singapore, Nauert tweeted what appears to be a photo of Trump with children, and wrote: "Hey @cnn where was @Potus today? Meeting with his national security team and greeting our dedicated embassy colleagues from US Embassy Singapore! Without them, #SingaporeSummit wouldn’t be possible."
One TIME correspondent reminded Nauert the event was closed to the press:
One possible explanation for lack of coverage of this event could be that it was closed to the press. https://t.co/eoOKyhVd0y— Phil Elliott (@Phil Elliott)1528730451.0
The White House liked Nauert's tweet so much they retweeted it.
Nauert, by the way, was roundly mocked just last week for using D-Day as an example of America's long and strong relationship with Germany. D-Day celebrates America's win against Germany.
Others weighed in:
@statedeptspox @CNN @POTUS Is the official spokesperson for the DOS seriously trying to troll a major media outlet?… https://t.co/NZ3iGtJErg— Timothy Smith (@Timothy Smith)1528728224.0
@statedeptspox @WhiteHouse @CNN @POTUS Nice combative tone. You're perfect for this Administration. Everybody is th… https://t.co/CVRHu5r8gh— Colin, God of Sex (@Colin, God of Sex)1528729506.0
@statedeptspox @CNN @POTUS Hey, State Department. You are supposed to be working to uphold the constitution and Ame… https://t.co/sQamtjiipC— JoeVet, Antifa wears a mask (@JoeVet, Antifa wears a mask)1528728803.0
The State Department is officially attacking the free press of the United States. Is there nothing less American th… https://t.co/7T5Tk6eWNj— JoeVet, Antifa wears a mask (@JoeVet, Antifa wears a mask)1528729153.0
@statedeptspox @CNN @POTUS WTH? Heather Nauert should be fired for this comment. Attacking a media outlet? Really?… https://t.co/WPbihXYG7y— Blue Skies Ahead (@Blue Skies Ahead)1528728778.0
@statedeptspox @CNN @POTUS Our embassy is staffed by children?— 🎃 Jawn of the Dead 🎃 (@🎃 Jawn of the Dead 🎃)1528728221.0
@statedeptspox @CNN @POTUS So our embassy in Singapore is manned by schoolchildren? You people at the WH need to le… https://t.co/fxGlMh0ony— Liberty and Justice For All (@Liberty and Justice For All)1528729609.0