The tense mood at the White House was interrupted on Tuesday with the wild antics of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who took to the lectern to brief reporters.
It had been expected that today would be Press Secretary Sean Spicer's return to televised press briefings. Instead, Spicer fled reporters while Rick Perry brought laughter to the weary White House press corps.
Read a selection of the best reactions below:
Rick Perry entering the WH Press Briefing. https://t.co/ZSYP0g92I7— Zack Ford (@Zack Ford) 1498588354.0
"I have not had that conversation with him" - Rick Perry, asked if @realDonaldTrump agrees human activity is contr… https://t.co/kkhIn0roTQ— Jonathan Karl (@Jonathan Karl) 1498590748.0
Rick Perry, the dumbest Secretary Of Energy in history says his goal is to "make nuclear energy cool again". Can't make this stuff up.— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1498589051.0
Rick Perry, perhaps having not received the memo about how the press is treated in this room, tells a reporter his question is "astute."— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivia Nuzzi) 1498588739.0
Rick Perry is having the most fun of anybody who has ever stood at the Trump briefing podium by a factor of infinit… https://t.co/DM4LB2t6hC— Glenn Thrush (@Glenn Thrush) 1498589104.0
The New White House Press Corps. Come for Rick Perry, stay for the comment stream. https://t.co/VJKmG8sb51— Eric Garland (@Eric Garland) 1498589703.0
Perry just said "The French...they're....different." Sanders just made a go for the podium. Perry, nevertheless, p… https://t.co/5C3QxxjGS7— Justin Ling (@Justin Ling) 1498590579.0
@SHSanders45 Getting closer https://t.co/kwoCW021QM— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Adrian Carrasquillo) 1498590453.0
Sarah Sanders tried to get rid of Rick Perry but he was like onnneee more quesstionn https://t.co/4ZF0bm9lUE— Tasneem N (@Tasneem N) 1498590828.0
It appears @SecretaryPerry does NOT want to leave the briefing room. Aides are now standing waiting for him to stop… https://t.co/mZtwQ35cXq— Cecilia Vega (@Cecilia Vega) 1498590484.0
it's almost like perry keeps promising to take just 3 more questions but...loses...count— David Mack (@David Mack) 1498590590.0
Rick Perry is holding a White House press conference on energy but its clearly a naked attempt to get back on Dancing with the Stars.— Negin Farsad (@Negin Farsad) 1498590692.0
Holy shit, Rick Perry is insane. #PressBriefing— Ben (@Ben) 1498589486.0