An aide to Mitt Romeny told reporters to “kiss my ass” in Warsaw on Tuesday, as the Republican
candidate’s overseas trip draws to an end after days of negative headlines.
Traveling press secretary Rick Gorka lost his cool after reporters shouted questions at Romney as he walked to his car from Pilsudski Square in Poland. Romney had just laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
"Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?" one reporter yelled at the candidate, while another askedif he had a statement for Palestinians who were offended by his suggestion in Israel that the Jewish culture is superior.
When a reporter protested that the press hadn’t been allowed to ask Romney a question, Gorka lost it.
"Kiss my ass. This is a holy site for the Polish people,” he barked. “Show some respect."
He then told another reporter to “shove it.”
Gorka reportedly called reporters to apologize for his outburst.
The confrontation came after days of negative headlines about Romney’s trip, starting in London, where he ticked off some UK officials by questioning if the country was ready for the Olympics, as well as highlighting the shared Anglo-Saxon heritage between the U.S. and Britain.
U.S. reporters traveling with the Romney have also been frustrated about their lack of access to the GOP candidate.
Here's a transcript of the questions and Gorka's response:
CNN: "Governor Romney are you concerned about some of the mishaps of your trip?
NYT: "Governor Romney do you have a statement for the Palestinians?
Washington Post: "What about your gaffes?
NYT: "Governor Romney do you feel that your gaffes have overshadowed your foreign trip?"
CNN: "Governor Romney just a few questions sir, you haven't taken but three questions on this trip from the press!
Gorka: "Show some respect"
NYT: "We haven't had another chance to ask a question..."
Gorka: "Kiss my ass. This is a Holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect."
Moments later, Gorka told Jonathan Martin, a reporter for Politico, to "shove it." About a half-hour later, the aide called reporters to apologize.
Gorka's comments to the media came just hours before Romney's foreign policy speech in Warsaw.
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