White House Press Secretary Jay Carney curtly dismissed a question about President Barack Obama’s refusal to release his college transcripts, comparing the issue to the long battle for the president to release his birth certificate.
“This is the Donald Trump question,” Carney answered, without responding to the question that has continued to haunt the president.
Trump himself described Carney’s response as “a true honor,” in a tweet he sent out shortly afterward.
Obama has consistently refused to release college transcripts from Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School despite several requests from conservatives.
Carney’s answer suggested he still has no intention of doing so in the current campaign for the White House.
The press secretary was talking about Obama’s views on openness when the question was asked. “It has become a well-established tradition in our country to make available information about one’s private dealings — that just comes with the territory,” Carney said. “So he not only accepts that but practices it and believes it is the right thing.”
The reporter started his question by saying, “One thing that people — at least his opponents — continue to bring up is his college records…” but Carney cut him short.