‘We Have An Emergency’: White House Briefing Comes To A Halt When Reporter Suddenly Passes Out

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Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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The White House briefing came to a sudden pause Tuesday after a reporter passed out in the back of the room.

One person alerted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre of an emergency as a reporter in the back of the room fell unconscious. Jean-Pierre then left the podium to assist, followed by the entrance of medical personnel.

“We have an emergency!” the individual said.

“Oh, hold on. Did somebody pass out?” Jean-Pierre asked, followed by her walking to the back of the room.

The briefing remained postponed for over a minute until the reporter regained consciousness. Jean-Pierre then returned to the podium and confirmed there was a massive heat wave in the room, indicating the temperature caused the incident. (RELATED: ‘We Can End This Briefing’: Karine Abandons The Podium After Simon Ateba Demands Question About African Leader) 

“You are correct. It is hot in here,” Jean-Pierre said in response to another reporter. “Um … I think we’re okay. I think we’re okay. And does anybody need water?”

The briefing resumed once the situation had been mitigated, allowing Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason to finish his question.