NBC reporter Chuck Todd shouted a question to President Obama about whether he still has confidence in the CIA director. The president refused to answer the question.
Via the pool report:
POTUS walked out of the White House at about 2:25 pm on a warm but overcast afternoon, then strolled over to Marine One.
He waved in the direction of the cameras -- but didn't answer shouted questions from NBC's Chuck Todd about whether he still had confidence in John Brennan as CIA director after Sen. Feinstein's speech on the CIA/Senate story.
Valerie Jarrett, David Simas, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Eric Schultz, and Marvin Nicholson then walked out together.
There were more than 100 interns who also gathered to watch the lift-off.
Marine One was up and off to start the NYC trip by about 2:29.
But earlier today White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama had "great confidence" in the CIA director. Via NBC:
White House spokesman Jay Carney declined to weigh in Tuesday on the accuracy of allegations that the CIA may have illegally spied on Senate staff members, but he said that the president has “great confidence” in the CIA director and agrees with his call to “get to the bottom” of the claim if inappropriate activity occurred.
“You saw the CIA director say today that if there was any inappropriate activity by CIA or by [Senate Intelligence Committee] staff, he would of course want to get to the bottom of it and certainly the president would agree with that,” Carney told reporters.
Carney added that the White House supports declassification of the Senate panel's findings on enhanced interrogation techniques. He said the White House takes Senate Intelligence Committee chief Dianne Feinstein's allegations "very seriously."