Reporter Has ‘No Earthly Clue’ Why Conway Asked About His Ethnicity

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks to reporters outside of the West Wing July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. Conway defended U.S. President Donald Trump's weekend rem... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks to reporters outside of the West Wing July 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. Conway defended U.S. President Donald Trump's weekend remarks on Twitter, writing that four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their own countries. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 17, 2019 9:18 a.m.
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The White House correspondent whom Kellyanne Conway asked about his ethnicity on Tuesday is still just as perplexed as the rest of us about the question.

During an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday evening, Breakfast Media reporter Andrew Feinberg tried to unpack what exactly Conway intended with the question, but admitted he still had “no earthly clue” why she asked what his ethnicity is.

“I have no earthly clue what either her question or the answer I could have given to that question had to do with what the President said or to what country she was referring,” he said. “I have been a journalist in Washington for about 10 years and I have never had any government official speak to me that way or ask such an inappropriate question.”

Feinberg said the back-and-forth was “bizarre,” but it wasn’t the first time the White House counselor had deflected his questions in a befuddling way.

“It’s not the first time she’s asked me an irrelevant or inappropriate question in response to one of my questions,” he said. “Around the Fourth of July when I asked her why the RNC was handing out tickets to a supposedly non-political event, she asked if I knew why we celebrate the Fourth of July. And she’s done this before. It’s not unusual for her to do something like that. But, this time it was a little weirder than normal.”

During a press gaggle at the White House on Tuesday, Feinberg asked Conway what country Trump was referring to when he told four congresswomen of color to go back to where they came from. Conway responded with: “What’s your ethnicity?”

Conway later clarified in a tweet that she meant “no disrespect” with the question and claimed she was trying to make the point that “we are all from somewhere else ‘originally.'”

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