White House Spox Doesn’t Say Much About Fired Staffer


White House spokesman Jay Carney didn’t say much Wednesday when asked about Jofi Joseph, the national security staffer who was fired for running an anonymous Twitter account that he used to disparage his colleagues within the Obama administration. 

“I do not have any information on personnel matters,” Carney said during the daily White House press briefing, adding that “there are obviously codes of conduct” for administration employees.

Later in the briefing, he was asked about the White House’s social media policy.

“On that point I think it’s important to know that unless you have an authrozied, official social media account, White House employees are not able to access social media sites like that at all,” Carney said.

“You can’t go on Twitter and sign up for an account unless it’s authorized,” he added.


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