Awkward: White House Reporter Asks John Kirby Whether He Is ‘Second Press Secretary,’ There To ‘Undermine’ Jean-Pierre

Awkward: White House Reporter Asks John Kirby Whether He Is ‘Second Press Secretary,’ There To ‘Undermine’ Jean-Pierre


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

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