Former White House communications director Jen Psaki has some advice for President Donald Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer and counselor Kellyanne Conway: "Stop lying."
Psaki, who served under President Obama, made her comments in a column for CNN.
"Some of the major fumbles of the first few weeks of the Trump administration have been due to the communications team: whether it was the sloppy rollout of the executive order on immigration or the series of television interviews with senior officials who were either unprepared, out of the loop or pompous enough to think they could wing it with a network anchor," she noted.
But Psaki said not all problems are communications issues.
"Not only is the current White House team led by an undisciplined president lacking depth or intellectual curiosity, but a president who believes bullying, freezing out the mainstream media, lying to the public, and fostering a chaotic 'Game of Thrones' style environment is how you make America great again," she said.
And, Psaki pointed out, Spicer and Conway can't change that.
"But if I had a candid conversation with them, there are a few things I would suggest," she said.
And the first would be: "Stop lying," she wrote.
"If the fact that you are speaking on behalf of the United States government and that the American people rely on the information you share isn't enough, then the reality that this isn't Russia, we don't have a state-run media and you will be caught in your lie should be reason enough. If you don't have the information or the answer, just say so."
And she also suggested they fact-check details before saying them publicly.
"Do your job like you could walk away," she said. "You may choose to one day."
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