American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan, who also took part in the interview, said she was "kind of shaken" by Mr. King's comments, the magazine Vanity Fair: Steve King defense of Western civilization 'white supremacist' talk →
"But Wilmore used it as, for the president, somewhat as a butt of a joke," she told Mr. Earnest. "And you were in that [dinner] room as well as I was. It was an eerie, awkward silence and quietness. People didn't know how to handle that."