At a House hearing today, military vet Montel Williams urged President Obama to “make the call today” to the president of Mexico to work to arrange the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a U.S. Marine being held in Mexico.

After being asked if Obama would make a call on Tahmooressi’s behalf, Josh Earnest deflected big time:

Apparently the State Department would better know if Obama plans to call the president of Mexico than Obama’s own spokesman.

Maddening.

Boom:

Amazingly (or maybe not so much), the department Josh Earnest referred reporters to for more information about the Sgt. Tahmooressi case weren’t even present at today’s hearing:

#ShockedFace.

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