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Video: State Dept. Spokesperson Stuck to Her Lines… Until She Thought Her Mic Was Off


"It’s like saying, 'well we support the right of people to breathe.'"

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U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was seemingly caught on a hot mic calling one of her prepared statements on one of America’s policies on Egypt “ridiculous” following a press conference.

When reporters, including the Associated Press’ Matt Lee, pressed her to comment on the acquittal of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, she provided a pre-written response.

“Generally, we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends,” she said. "But beyond that, I would refer you to the Egyptian government."

She refused to say anything further on the matter.

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Lee criticized the explanation, telling the spokesperson that her answer “means nothing.”

“It’s like saying, 'well we support the right of people to breathe.' That’s great, but if you can’t breathe…” Lee added.

Psaki ended the conference and the lights dimmed. When she seemingly figured her mic was dead, she went off script.

“That Egypt line is ridiculous,” she appears to say.

Watch below (hot mic comment made at around 2:00 mark):

(H/T: BuzzFeed)

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