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Josh Earnest, former press secretary for former President Barack Obama, made an erroneous claim on an on-air panel discussion for MSNBC on Thursday. In a discussion on the brief Nikki Haley-Larry Kudlow disagreement over the Trump administration’s sanctions on Russia, Earnest made the following claim about Kudlow, Trump’s newest economic advisor:

“I certainly can’t speak to the inner workings of the Trump administration…”

“You noted that Mr. Kudlow apologized to her. He apologized to her by saying, well, apparently Ambassador Haley was not given all the relevant information. So it’s not just that she was confused; she was totally out of the loop.”

“It is an indication to me that Larry Kudlow, who has not served in government, is already showing evidence of that…”

“He is having a hard time mounting a united front here. He’s used to being in charge of his own television show, not being part of a team.”

Contrary to Earnest’s statement, Kudlow served in federal government as President Ronald Reagan’s associate director of economics and planning in the Office of Management and Budget in the 1980s.

Earnest later apologized for his false claim on Twitter.

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