From Yunji de Nies:
This morning Jake Tapper reported on the controversy surrounding a joke National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones (Ret.) told last week at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy about a "Jewish merchant." We followed up on this during Robert Gibbs' daily briefing:
DE NIES: Robert, two questions on the General Jones joke and the apology now. Does the White House have a problem with what he had said? And did the White House urge him to apologize?
GIBBS: I think – Yunji, I think the apology rightly speaks for itself.
DE NIES: Let me ask you this: Why was the — why was — why were his remarks omitted from the official transcription? Usually you guys include everything.
GIBBS: Well, we — this obviously was not a presidential event. There was no attempt — it was an — obviously an on-camera speech. There was no attempt to deceive. There's not a stenographer at most nonpresidential events. So I think the remarks that were put out were put out as the text of the speech was to be delivered.
DE NIES: But there's no purpose for its omission?
-Yunji de Nies