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 celebration… https://t.co/lM1VsiviyW— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait) 1496865164.0
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.
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:
Just wanted to say I'm enjoying infrastructure week.— Brian Schatz (@Brian Schatz) 1496834648.0
I can't believe Infrastructure Week is half way over already.— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg) 1496834335.0
Infrastructure week is more interesting than I thought it would be.— Ryan Lizza (@Ryan Lizza) 1496859705.0
So infrastructure week seems to be going well for the Trump administration.— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1496864839.0
Well @realDonaldTrump's infrastructure week is going well, huh? #ComeyTestimony— Lisa Raden (@Lisa Raden) 1496862881.0