Healy Baumgardner is Donald Trump’s senior press representative, but based on her performance on CNN yesterday, she doesn’t seem to be very good at her job. To be fair, her boss sure doesn’t make things easy for her. In this case, Trump has said he is open to talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and, back in January, referred to the dictator as an “amazing” guy. Naturally enough, CNN host Carol Costello asked Baumgardner to comment, something the press representative seemed utterly incapable of doing.
Trump’s comments about Kim Jung Un from January are telling, to say the least:
‘You got to give him credit. How many young guys, he was like 26 or 25 when his father died, take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden, you know, it’s pretty amazing when you think of it. How does he do that? Even though it is a culture and it’s a cultural thing, he goes in and he takes over and he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one.’
It’s understandable if your head is spinning from that little summary and so was Baumgardner’s, apparently. Costello asked her to comment by reminding people of Kim’s past:
‘So just to refresh our viewers’ memory, Kim executed his uncle. He executed his aunt. He executed his military chief. He executed his vice premier. Um, what was Mr. Trump trying to say, Healy?’
Baumgardner probably knew exactly what Trump was trying to say here, but she seemed unable to get the words out:
‘Well, I think top line, Mr. Trump’s point is that he wants to keep an open dialogue and repair relationships with world leaders.’
Seriously? Costello didn’t want to let her get away with that one and so asked again:
‘But what was he trying to say in January at his campaign rally?’
Painfully, all Baumgardner could do was repeat herself:
‘Well, I’m not going to speculate on what he meant specifically by those points, but generally he wants to have an open dialogue to repair relationships with leaders throughout the world.’
At this point, The Blaze’s Amy Holmes chimed in to express how Trump respects power and so on, but you can see in Baumgardner’s eyes that she must have been repeating to herself, do not say Trump respects dictators who kill people, do not say Trump wants to be a dictator so he can kill people.
Costello still didn’t want to let Baumgardner off the hook and pressed her once again:
‘Healy, you can’t give us any more guidance on this? You are the senior press representative for Mr. Trump.’
But Baumgardner could barely muster anything in response:
‘I am, exactly. And what I’m telling you is that top line, you know, one of his biggest goals is to repair relationships with leaders throughout the world.’
It’s almost too painful to watch, but you have to anyway.
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