A top State Department spokesman on Thursday boasted that his department is open and transparent, but could hardly finish the sentence before erupting in laughter.
“Welcome to the State Department,” spokesman Mark Toner said. “I think we have some interns in the back. Welcome. Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy.”
Toner then burst out laughing at his own comments as reporters in the room laughed with him.
“Sorry, I didn’t mean to break out laughing there,” he said. The incident prompted Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee to say, “I thought it was an exercise in spin and obfuscation.”
In a diplomatic service dedicated to protecting America’s interests abroad– hell, in any executive branch with a decent respect for standards of conduct– this person would have been fired within minutes of his idiotic outburst. One would hope he would never have been hired.
What has happened to this Republic?
I want my country back.