State Department spokesman John KirbyJohn KirbyOvernight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table Four-star general to lead Pentagon investigation into Syria airstrike that killed dozens Pentagon rejects Oklahoma's request to exempt Guard from vaccine mandate MORE called out a reporter for playing Pokemon Go on his phone during a press conference Thursday.


Kirby was reading a statement regarding the administration’s efforts to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria when he noticed an unidentified reporter on his phone.

“As the Secretary said earlier today, though, and I think it’s an important reminder — you’re playing the Pokemon thing right there, aren’t you?” Kirby said, according to a transcript from State.

“I’m just keeping an eye on it,” the reporter responded.

Kirby then continued with his statement: “It’s an important reminder — we know this won’t be easy. We recognize it’s a challenge, and we’re clear-eyed about the work we still have to do. This is why we convened this important ministerial and will continue to work with our coalition partners to defeat Daesh.”

“Did you get one?” he asked the reporter.

“No. The signal is not very good,” the journalist responded.

“Sorry about that,” Kirby said.

The Hill has found at least six Pokestops — locations in the game where a player can find supplies — at State Department headquarters.

Kristina Wong contributed.