A former spokesman for President Obama lashed out at President Trump for being “too stupid to figure out Infowars is garbage” while touting his former boss as “an adult who can independently vet information.”
Tommy Vietor, a former spokesman for the National Security Council and for former President Obama, made the sharp criticism after he was asked by Buzzfeed if he and other aides “jockeyed to get links from liberal sites in front of [Obama]” while in office.
“President Obama is an adult who can independently vet information so we treated him accordingly,” said Vietor. “President Trump’s staff apparently believes that he’s too stupid to figure out that Infowars is garbage.”
— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) August 25, 2017
The conspiracy-driven website Infowars had claimed that it had been approved for White House press credentials earlier this year, but it had actually only been granted a temporary, one-day pass, which is relatively easy to obtain, reports The Hill.
Vietor, 36, currently co-hosts the podcast “Keepin’ it 1600” with former Obama speechwriters Jon Favreau and Jon Lovett and former Obama strategy and communications adviser Dan Pfeiffer.
The commentary comes as reports via unnamed sources have surfaced at various times that aides were maneuvering to get only favorable news in front of President Trump.
An Aug. 9 Vice News report based on anonymous sources said the president received only positive news twice a day prepared in “special folder” containing 20-25 pages.