Reporters laugh at White House explanation of Keystone XL veto

The White House press corps yukked it up Tuesday as press secretary Josh Earnest tried to explain why it has taken 2,300 days for President Obama to make a decision regarding the Keystone XL pipeline.

That’s more than six years, for the math-challenged.

The president vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, saying in a statement that the legislation “attempts to circumvent longstanding and proven processes” for such approvals, and “conflicts with established executive branch procedures…,” as reported by The Daily Caller.

The administration has been studying the project since 2008 — a study the White House has repeatedly delayed because of legal challenges.

“Does President Obama believe that 2,300 days is a reasonable length of time for the State Department to conduct an evaluation?” CBS White House correspondent Mark Knoller asked Earnest.

“Well, I think it’s certainly fair to suggest that the State Department is conducting an in-depth review,” Earnest replied sarcastically, drawing laughter from the room.

Watch the full exchange here via the Washington Free Beacon:


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