Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says the White House could be making current press secretary Jay Carney’s job easier.
Mr. Carney has endured two weeks of withering criticism for his shifting narrative about the IRS targeting conservative groups and the White House’s involvement in changing talking points regarding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.
Mr. Gibbs said part, but not all, of the responsibility for keeping informed falls on the press secretary.
“I do think Jay’s done some of that,” Mr. Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I also think it’s the responsibility of people inside the West Wing who know that they have information or knowledge of this to go to Jay and make Jay’s job easier.”
“I mean, I’ve done these things before,” Mr. Gibbs continued. “You’re walking around the building; you’re knocking on doors and you’re asking people what [did] they know and when did they know it because I need to know it before I get surprised with it in a question or somebody else knows that information. So I want to make sure people understand that Jay understands that part of the job, but there’s also people throughout government with information that have to come to Jay and make that data collection a bit easier.”