White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is weighing in for the first time on Anthony Weiner's mishaps, stopping short of calling for Weiner's resignation:
(CNN) - President Barack Obama feels that the controversy over Rep. Anthony Weiner's conduct is a "distraction," White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday. Obama also feels that Weiner's behavior and dishonesty were inappropriate, Carney said. The comments are the first from the Obama administration on Weiner since the New York Democrat acknowledged sending a lewd photograph to a woman over Twitter.
Here's Carney's full exchange with a reporter on the issue aboard Air Force One earlier Monday:
Q: Jay, does the President have a position on whether Anthony Weiner’s continued service in the U.S. Congress is in the nation’s best interests?
MR. CARNEY: The President feels - we feel at the White House that this is a distraction. Obviously as Congressman Weiner has said himself, this is - the behavior was inappropriate; the dishonesty was inappropriate. But the President is focused on his job, which is getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs, and obviously ensuring the safety and security of the American people.