Peter Cook, formerly of Bloomberg TV, was recently chosen to serve as Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s press secretary, succeeding Rear Adm. John Kirby. Cook has extensive on-air experience, but his first live press briefing wasn’t particularly illuminating. Perhaps it wasn’t necessary to note in his tweet that it was his first press briefing.
Two hot topics among the press: Hillary Clinton’s unsecured private email server, and the future of Guantanamo Bay.
How about Guantanamo Bay prisoner transfers then? The Pentagon recently sent a team to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to see if “a limited number” of detainees could be housed there. Gov. Sam Brownback called it “a bad idea,” and Sen. Pat Roberts declared, “Not on my watch will any terrorist be placed in Kansas.” So now what’s the plan?
Don’t sweat it. It took Marie Harf tons of useless press briefings at the State Department before she was promoted.