Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin was rather struck by how, during a big presidential press conference today, the reporters President Trump called on did not ask about the big scandal surrounding National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.
Given the calls that Flynn should be fired after it turned out he did discuss sanctions with a Russian official despite earlier denials, and the massive media coverage of all this, the absence of questions about Flynn was very, very noticeable.
Griffin in particular wondered on Twitter if these were just “planted questions” to avoid having to address the issue:
No questions about Flynn’s status even though it is leading every newscast?? Are these planted questions on the Washington side?
— Jennifer Griffin (@JenGriffinFNC) February 13, 2017
And she wasn’t the only one who noticed:
HOW IS THERE NO FLYNN QUESTION !?!?!?!?!
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 13, 2017
By handpicking reporters, Trump manages to get through news conference without being asked about Flynn.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) February 13, 2017
Two news conferences in four days… No Q’s on Flynn.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 13, 2017
The American reporters didn’t ask Trump about the controversy over Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Both soft questions.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 13, 2017
Flynn, it should be noted, was in the room, and reporters did attempt to ask about the scandal:
For the record – I asked the President if he still has confidence in General Flynn. He sure seemed to hear the question but did not answer
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) February 13, 2017
As Trump was leaving I shouted out, “Mr. President, does Gen. Flynn still have your confidence?” No answer.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) February 13, 2017
Trump walks off ignoring multiple shouted questions about Flynn
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 13, 2017
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