White House press secretary Jay Carney made a rare appearance on the Fox News Channel on Friday’s broadcast of “Happening Now,” hosted by Jenna Lee, and again blamed the Secret Service for shutting down White House tours before taking aim at Lee herself.
“Well it is the consequence of sequester,” Carney said. “I’m surprised to hear the suggestion this late date that it’s anything else. The Secret Service, like every agency in government, has to cut its budget, significantly, because of sequester. That’s how the law was written, and that’s what everyone is doing in defense and everywhere else across the government, including the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Secret Service.”
Lee then asked whether the Obama administration was playing favorites by inviting certain people to events like the White House Easter Egg Roll, prompting Carney to give Lee some unsolicited journalistic advice.
“Actually, Jenna, again if you did a little reporting you’d know that the Easter Egg Roll is open for a lot of military families,” Carney replied. “It’s paid for by the sale of those eggs that come out, as well as from donations on the outside. So, it’s a totally different budget. These are apples and oranges.”