Haaland staffer caught crawling in background of interview: ‘Sir, we know you’re behind the desk’
A staffer for Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was caught hiding in plain sight during a virtual interview on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Tuesday night.
As Haaland, the first Native American Cabinet secretary, explained the historical significance of her confirmation to Meyers, a man dressed in a suit and holding a camera entered the frame. He made eye contact with the camera before dropping to his knees and crawling out of sight behind a desk.
“I am sorry, secretary. I am going to interrupt you real quick,” Meyers said as he spotted the man, who popped his head up upon being called out and then quickly ducked back down. “You have a staffer who fully crawled on the carpet behind you, and it is the greatest thing I have ever seen.”
Haaland laughed as Meyers continued, saying, “Sir, we know you’re behind the desk.”
The man eventually crawled out of view.
“OK, thank you very much,” Meyers said before continuing to poke fun at the staffer.
“Now, secretary, be honest. Do you know who that man is, and are those someone else’s glasses he’s wearing?” Meyers said, laughing.
Haaland chuckled before responding, “We don’t have people sort of sneaking around, so, yes, I know who that is.”
She added, “Thank you for making light of it, Seth.”
Meyers responded, “I mean, thank you. We’ve had giant comedy stars on this show, and not one of them has thought to have somebody crawl by in the background.”
The duo then continued their conversation about Haaland’s role and the importance of having Indigenous representation in the Cabinet.
Haaland was confirmed as Interior Secretary in mid-March in a 51-40 vote.
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