State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki tweeted about a fashion column in the aftermath of the MH17 disaster as Americans desperately waited to see if any loved ones were among the 298 dead.
Psaki began her daily briefing with reporters yesterday by talking about the presidential elections in Afghanistan and other State Department business instead of the implications of the Malaysian Airline flight, believed to have been shot down by pro-Russian separatists.
Later that evening, the former Obama 2012 campaign spokeswoman took the time to share an article in the Washington Post from former a White House aide on why she took a job as a contributing editor with Marie Claire magazine.
'Great piece by former colleague Alyssa Mastromonaco who defines smart, savvy and fashionable,' Psaki tweeted.
Business as usual: State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, pictured here conducting her daily briefing for reporters on June 16, 2014, is under fire for not taking more seriously an attack on a plane that killed nearly two dozen Americans
Conservative news aggregation site Twitchy criticized Psaki after the tweet with post on how the 'children' have taken over at State.'With a Malaysian airliner shot down and Israel launching a land, sea and air incursion into Gaza, the timing would seem poor, if it weren’t such a great piece in the Washington Post,' the publication sarcastically said.
The only plane-related tweet had Psaki sent from her official State Department Twitter account as of Friday morning was from nearly 24 hours ago.
'On reports of tragic Malaysian plane crash: at this time US do not have any confirmation of cause, individuals on plane or any addl details,' Psaki said on twitter a little after noon on Thursday.After Psaki began her briefing yesterday by talking about everything but the Malaysian Airlines plane, Fox News host Shep Smith said it was 'highly inappropriate' for the State Department official to kick off her briefing by discussing 'routine matters.'
'I can’t believe what just happened,' he said to Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffen.'That’s the State Department, Shep. I’m not surprised,' Griffen told him.
She later answered questions about the plane but had no information of substance to offer reporters.
Jen Psaki sent this tweet from her official State Department account last night
Retired Four Star Army General Barry McCaffery told NBC News after the briefing he was 'astonished' at Psaki's 'inability' to 'say anything sensible at all' about the situation.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697598/State-Department-spokeswoman-Jen-Psaki-fire-lackadaisical-attitude-assault-plane.html