The White House press secretary is denying reports that First Lady Michelle Obama quashed a planned “first couples” photo op with President-Elect Donald Trump and wife Melania.
According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, “the Obamas canceled a photo op of the current and future first couples outside the south entrance of the White House.” And while the WSJ didn’t offer any explanation of the cancellation, one might reasonably assume that the current occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue would want to avoid the Trumps, given The Donald’s constant criticism of Obama (and let’s not forget that birth certificate thing) and Melania’s word-for-word ripoff of the First Lady’s speech (as well as her public disgust at Trump’s sexist remarks in the infamous Billy Bush tape).
However, White House press secretary Joe Earnest denies any implications that Michelle Obama had anything to do with the photo op being axed. At a press conference held shortly after Trump and Barack (sans spouses) posed for photos during a meeting in the Oval Office, Earnest contended that the photo of the two couples was “lower in priority” than the photo of the president and the president-elect, reports Us Weekly.
Asked point blank during the press conference if the photo didn’t happen because of the First Lady, Earnest responded: “Absolutely not. In fact, I’m not aware the First Lady’s office was consulted about the press arrangements about today.”