Former WH press secretary: I can’t imagine Obama ever asking me to lie for him
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Former White House press secretary to President Obama Jay Carney said Wednesday that he “can’t imagine” Obama asking him to lie.

Carney made the comments in an interview with David Axelrod on his CNN-University of Chicago Institute of Politics podcast, “The Axe Files.”

"People ask me, 'What did you do when your president asks you to say something wasn't true?' I said, 'It never happened,' " Carney said. "It's inconceivable to me that it ever would have happened."

Carney and Axelrod specifically discussed the controversy at the beginning of President TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE’s term, when then-press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer: People at White House are 'burnt out' Spicer: On-camera briefings have become 'grandstanding' opportunity for reporters Photographer cropped inauguration photos to make crowd look larger after Trump intervention: report MORE lashed out at the media over the size of the crowd at Trump’s Inauguration Day ceremony.


“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer said at the time, despite photos of the incident clearly showing a smaller crowd than at Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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Carney, who served as press secretary for just over three years, told Axelrod that the current press secretary position is “not a job I recognize.”

"If your credibility starts to erode, the president's credibility starts to erode, the administration's credibility, the country's credibility," he said.

Carney’s comments come just one week after departing White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House aides tried to get Trump to fact-check his tweets: Woodward book Omarosa: Trump hired Hope Hicks because she is pretty Trump officials pushing Hope Hicks to join 2020 campaign: report MORE admitted to the House Intelligence Committee that she sometimes tells white lies as part of her work for Trump.

She was the fourth communications director to leave in Trump's first 13 months in office.