White House Issues Stunning Comment On Meryl Streep’s Anti-Trump Speech

The White House applauds Meryl Streep’s speech

President-elect Donald Trump did not take long to respond to last night’s speech given by Meryl Streep during the Golden Globe awards; and now it’s the White House‘s turn to give their opinion.

Following the speech, Trump was so furious (an expected reaction; he does not take criticism well) that he immediately lashed out against the celebrated actress on Twitter. The White House did not stay silent, but instead spoke in defense of Streep. Josh Earnest, the White House spokesman, said:

“She clearly was delivering a thoughtful, carefully considered message that she believes in deeply. It seemed to me to be a fairly straightforward exercise of her First Amendment rights as a citizen of the United States.”

In 2014, President Obama awarded Meryl Streep the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama is a known admirer of the Academy Award-winning actress. However, Earnest made it clear that his words were not coming directly from President Obama—and that the President would neither publicly support Streep nor criticize Donald Trump.

“He’s got institutional responsibilities. He has to set aside those personal feelings in order to preside over an effective transition … The president has faithfully presided over a process that has done exactly that.”

It is uncertain if Trump will also react to the White House comments, but if he does, and if he does it angrily, it would be no surprise to anyone. Meryl Streep’s speech is still, after almost 24 hours, the highlight of evening; as the White House put it, a thoughtful, carefully considered message, one that is sadly accurate.

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From Mexico City, Carolina has lived in five different countries, experiences she defines as the most enriching. She has focused her studies and work on international conflicts and international security issues, diplomacy and protocol. Carolina holds two MA degrees and hopes to begin her PhD studies soon.