State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki appeared to call U.S. policy on Egypt “ridiculous” on Monday during a hot mic moment in a briefing to reporters. Psaki had repeatedly been asked for comment on a decision by Egyptian courts to acquit Egypt’s former longtime president Hosni Mubarak. On camera, she said, “Generally, we continue to believe that upholding impartial standards of accountability will advance the political consensus on which Egypt’s long-term stability and economic growth depends.” Psaki was pressed by reporters, including Matt Lee of the Associated Press, who told her that her answers made no sense. “What you said says nothing. It’s like saying, We support the right of people to breathe. That’s great, but if you can’t breathe…” said Lee, who has been known to grill Psaki’s non-answers in the press room in the past. Psaki, however, stuck to her lines. It was not until the lights dimmed that an active mic caught her telling someone, “That Egypt line is ridiculous.” Psaki appears to make the remark at around the 2:05 mark in the video.
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