A top State Department spokesman on Thursday boasted that his department is open and transparent, but could hardly finish the sentence before erupting in laughter. Welcome to the State Department, spokesman Mark Toner said. I think we have some interns in the back. Welcome. Good to see you in this exercise in transparency and democracy. Toner then burst out laughing at his own comments as reporters in the room laughed with him. Sorry, I didn’t mean to break out laughing there, he said. The incident prompted Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee to say, I thought it was an exercise in spin and obfuscation. Toner proceeded to give a live example of why he was laughing at the idea that State is open and transparent. Toner was asked if he could share more details about the controversial $400 million cash payment to Iran, just as Iran was releasing four U.S. hostages.
No, this is not a Satutday Night Live skit, this is the actual spokesman for the State Department laughing out loud because he knows the words about to find come out of his mouth are everything but transparent!