The Most Hollywood White House Press Briefing Moment Ever

“The asteroid poses no threat to planet Earth,” deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says.

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A giant asteroid will pass close to earth Friday — but not close enough that you should worry about it, says the White House.

“It’s my understanding that scientists have concluded that the asteroid posts no threat to planet Earth,” Deputy White House spokesperson John Earnest told reporters. “I never really thought I’d be standing up here saying that. But I guess I am.”

Earnest told reporters that “since [the asteroid] doesn’t pose a threat to planet Earth, I’m not sure it necessitated a briefing to the president.”

In the movies, the asteroid press conferences are little scarier.

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Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.
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