‘Infrastructure week is going well, huh?‘: Pence abruptly cancels interview after Comey testimony drops
It’s infrastructure week at the White House and Vice President Mike Pence was set to take time out of his birthday celebrations to speak with PBS “News Hour” about the administration’s plan.
Seems unfair that his birthday has to overlap with Infrastructure Week. Would be more fun to spread the celebrations out. https://t.co/DaZfvos233
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) June 7, 2017
Unfortunately for Pence, there’s a slightly more high-profile event taking place in Washington D.C. this week: the testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, who is set to speak before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.
A day before Comey was set to give his testimony, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the former FBI director’s opening statement—ensuring the news cycle will remain decidedly fixated on the president’s attempts to sideline an investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
A mere hour after that testimony dropped, Pence abruptly cancelled his scheduled interview, according to producer Sara Just. As the Hill reports, PBS correspondent Miles O’Brien was already on location at Johnson Space Center to speak with the birthday boy.
— Sara Just (@sarajust) June 7, 2017
Pence did not give a reason for cancelling the pre-arranged interview.
As it’s wont to do, the Internet had fun at the administration’s expense:
loving infrastructure week
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) June 7, 2017
Just wanted to say I'm enjoying infrastructure week.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) June 7, 2017
I can't believe Infrastructure Week is half way over already.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) June 7, 2017
Infrastructure week is more interesting than I thought it would be.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) June 7, 2017
So infrastructure week seems to be going well for the Trump administration.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 7, 2017
— Lisa Raden (@LisaRadenNYC) June 7, 2017