Apparently, the White House can’t even participate in a conference call without bumbling about like they’ve never laid eyes on a phone before. Conference calls are the bane of many people’s work lives, but at least most of us know how to mute our phones or turn on the “listen only” features so that the calls can be conducted in an orderly manner.
But this conference call was a massive clusterf**k because it took Trump’s staff 22 minutes to figure out how to enable “listen only.”
The reporters on the call had a field day with it. CBS News’ Jaqueline Alemany published quotes from various people on the call while the White House struggled with a mundane technicality:
‘This White House can’t even run a f*cking conference call,’ a reporter on an unmuted phone line angrily exclaimed to the entire call. ‘They don’t know how to mute their line.'”
Other reporters said:
‘Hello? Hello?,’ one reporter interjected, some 15 minutes after the slated start of the call. ‘Has the call started?’
‘This is Kim Jong Un calling for Donald Trump,’ another reporter joked as tensions flared.”
Of course, White House officials on the call weren’t exactly pleased with how reporters were acting and naturally lashed out at them for not muting their phones while the White House continued struggling to mute its phones.
The hilarity, however, isn’t limited to the reporters who were on the call. Others chimed in on Twitter after CBS’ Sopan Deb tweeted Alemany’s comments:
I’m literally laughing out loud on an airplane. I wish I didn’t miss this call
— Noah Gray (@NoahGrayCNN) January 12, 2018
So good: “This is Kim Jong Un calling for Donald Trump”
— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) January 12, 2018
Laughing through my tears.
— Dorothy Pomerantz (@DorothyPWrites) January 12, 2018
‘This is Stormy Daniels calling Donald Trump!’
— Neil Finlayson (@neilfinlayson) January 12, 2018
“You can’t fight in here, this is the War Room.”
— jltdawg (@jltdawg) January 12, 2018
How long before this administration uses sports drinks to “water” the White House lawn?
— Wai Sallas (@WaiSallas) January 12, 2018
And then there was this little gem from a company that advertises conferencing that’s easy and simple to use in response to CBS News’ tweet of the story:
We’ll just leave this right here…https://t.co/AZALEDgxyB
— UberConference (@uberconference) January 12, 2018
Apparently, a State Department official ended the call without taking questions from reporters because of the “technical difficulties.” To be sure, this isn’t the only time this has happened there, and yes, most of us have probably participated in conference calls that were pretty chaotic, too. But it’s also true that it doesn’t take most people 22 minutes to figure out how to mute their phones on such calls.
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