FEMA fallout continues as staffer loses job

The recent news that John P. Philbin, a FEMA press officer, faked a press conference has cost him a promotion, according to the New York Times.

The recent news that John P. Philbin, a FEMA press officer, faked a press conference has cost him a promotion, according to the New York Times. He was scheduled to start a new job as director of public affairs for Mike McConnell, US director of national intelligence. However, McConnell issued a statement: “We do not normally comment on personnel matters. However, we can confirm that Mr. Philbin is not, nor is he scheduled to be, the director of public affairs.”

A video of the fake press conference can be found here.

Philbin spoke to CBS News, among other outlets.

“I should have cancelled it quickly. I did not have good situational awareness of what was happening,” he told CBS News in a telephone interview… “I can definitively tell you that there were no discussions or conversations about setting up a fake news conference.”

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