CNN’s Jim Acosta asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Monday why the White House has joined the social messaging service Snapchat.
“You made this announcement earlier about Snapchat. What’s the president going to be doing on Snapchat? Is he going to be chatting with Hillary Clinton?” Acosta asked.
Another journalist made a joke about Clinton loving the disappearing messaging service. Laughter broke out within the press briefing room.
In an August 2015 campaign stop, Clinton joked that she loved Snapchat because the messages “disappear all by themselves.” Clinton was making light of the controversy surrounding her and her use of personal email addresses during her time as Secretary of State.
Clinton is under FBI investigation for her personal use of email. She is now under investigation for a possible public corruption charge because of an overlap in her work at the State Department and work with the Clinton Foundation.
Other members of the White House press corp reminded Earnest of Clinton’s gaffe.
“We have unveiled the White House Snapchat function and we are certainly hopeful that people will take a look at it and follow the White House. It is just another tool for us to try to communicate with the American public about what’s happening here at the White House,” Earnest said.
Earnest said that he would keep to President Obama’s promise to be the most transparent administration and that the Snapchat message would be properly recorded and archived. This would allow for the messages to be accessed through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Earnest’s statement was again met with laughter from the press corps. He added that Snapchat understood this but Earnest was unaware how the process would work.