WATCH: State Dept Spox Breaks Out in Laughter After Saying Dept Is Transparent
The State Department's deputy spokesman erupted in laughter while opening a press conference on Thursday, after describing it as "an exercise in transparency and democracy."
"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 broke out into full-on laughter for several seconds, slapping the desk, while the rest of the room laughed with him.
"Is that what this is?" Associated Press reporter Matthew Lee said, ironically. "I thought it was an exercise in spin and obfuscation."
Toner apologized, saying he didn't mean to laugh: "Can you tell this is my last briefing before vacation?"