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Obama Allows 'Special Bonus' Question During Japan Presser, Then Retracts the Offer When This Question Is Asked


"Well, you know what, I take it back. I'm not taking a question."

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President Barack Obama spoke to the press Thursday following the G7 summit in Japan. After taking questions for about 10 minutes, Obama announced he was going to allow a "special bonus" question before wrapping up the presser.

However, once he heard the question, Obama appeared to change his mind.

"Just yesterday we saw the State Department put out a statement about Secretary Clinton's emails. And it basically undermined what she said about her email practices. I'm wondering if you think that undermines her trustworthiness with the American people? And, if you agree with Bernie Sanders, that she should release the transcripts of her highly paid speeches to Wall Street?" an unnamed reporter asked.

"Well, you know what, I take it back. I'm not taking another," Obama joked, before adding, "We're in Japan. Don't we have something in Asia that we want to talk about?"

The president deflected the issue back to the campaigns, referring to the "noise" between the candidates, "If you want insights into how they're thinking about it, those should be directed to them."

Watch the exchange.

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