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"Competent" White House Needs 22 Minutes To Mute Call
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13 Jan 2018 02:30 AM EST

“You need people that are truly, truly capable” Donald Trump wisely explained to hedge fund manager John Paulson in September of 2016, vowing to appoint to his potential administration only people of “great competence.” Today those people spent 22 minutes figuring out how to use a phone. During a conference call regarding the president’s Iran nuclear deal position, White House officials spent nearly half an hour determining how exactly to mute the media representatives who had dialed in. Muting is really the only skill—other than dialing—required to hold a conference call. It’s difficulty bested Trump’s eminently qualified staff, to the chagrin and delight of reporters who began chiming in with mockery. One Journalist quipped, “Can’t this White House even run a press call?” Another joked, “This is Kim Jong Un calling for Donald Trump.”

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