The White House press corps just got majorly humiliated.
Richard Grenell, the former acting Director of National Intelligence, chastised the White House press for their lack of interest in the historic agreement brokered by the U.S. between Serbia and Kosovo, which includes Serbia’s agreement to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I don’t know if you can find it on a map, but this is atrocious,” Grenell said.
Grenell currently serves as the special presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo peace negotiations. On Friday, he held a press conference to discuss the recent economic normalization deal that was made between the two countries, The Washington Examiner reported.
According to Fox News, “the deal normalizes relations between the two on everything from air, rail to opening of borders, officials said. It also includes Serbia moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and Kosovo recognizing Israel.”
Considering that Serbia, for over a decade, has not recognized Kosovo’s independence, this is a big deal. But the reporters at the White House didn’t seem to understand this.
“Too young to understand”
Instead of asking Grenell about the historic deal, the White House press kept asking questions about different topics, which clearly got to Grenell.
“You might be too young to understand what this issue is about,” Grenell said at one point. “Maybe the older journalists should step up and say, ‘This is a big deal.’ … I am astounded about what happens in D.C. and especially [in the White House Briefing].”
And, Grenell didn’t stop there.
“You guys don’t understand what’s happening outside of Washington, D.C., people aren’t listening to you anymore,” he continued. “It’s really a crisis in journalism, and I think it’s because people are too young to understand issues like Kosovo and Serbia.” Watch below:
Some free advice
Following the news conference, Grenell received his own criticism. Vox’s Aaron Rupar, for example, tweeted: “‘I don’t know if you could find [Kosovo & Serbia] on a map. This is atrocious … maybe it’s too complicated of an issue for you all’ — it’s a disgrace that taxpayers are paying Richard Grenell to smugly insult reporters.”
Grenell simply replied: “I’m not paid. You get this advice for FREE! You are welcome.”