An early exit from an off-camera/audio-only press briefing led to some harsh words between White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts.
Deadline.com reports that as Roberts exited the briefing early, Huckabee Sanders interrupted her briefing to say: “John Roberts is bored today, he’s headed out.”
“Roberts was having none of that,” Deadline reports, noting that Roberts, on his way out the door, shot back: “If it were on-camera I might not be.”
Roberts’ comment succeeded in “giving the White House press team something to consider as the briefing’s remaining correspondents ‘ooh-ed’ approvingly,” the report adds.
Roberts later tweeted about the encounter, reiterating his displeasure over the off-camera briefing but downplaying any suggestions that he stormed out of the event.
The New York Post reports that Roberts, who has been critical of the no-camera policy, tweeted: “To all who are musing over me leaving the @SHSanders45 Briefing … I have a live shot.”
He added in a follow-up tweet: “Had the brief been on camera, it would have been on TV, not me. I would have waited until it was over.”