FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator. The network said Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, that Carney will start as part of the coverage of his former boss’ prime-time speech on how the country will deal with the Islamic state. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) AP Photo/Susan Walsh\n
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"There was one guy..."
Former White House press secretary Jay Caner revealed the worst question he received while serving in the Obama administration, in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
"There was one guy, Les Kinsolving, who asked about bestiality," Carney said. "There was a lot of ridiculousness over the president's birth certificate that was fueled by (Donald) Trump. A lot of reporters jumped on that knowing it was ridiculous."
Kinsolving was a reporter for the conservative website World Net Daily.
FILE - In this June 2, 2014 file photo, White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
In his interview, Carney also reacted to the fiery exchange he had with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his first appearance as a CNN contributor.
"I was totally fine on the exchange," he said. "I disagree with him. He was a fierce advocate for the invasion, a fierce advocate for expanding our forces there, a fierce advocate for keeping them there."
The former press secretary said that "there are a lot of great reporters" who cover the White House, but also elaborated on some of his frustrations.
"[Y]ou get these crescendos; things are bad, (the president's) numbers are bad," Carney said. "There's a tendency to chase that ball down the field together."
"And this is true regardless of which party is in the White House," he added. "I used to do it as a reporter, so I’m not assigning blame or saying it’s partisan. I think you go through these cycles, and the White House is in one of those cycles. It's a challenging time."
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