And then promptly backtracks (after initially saying “the room is full”) when a reporter called to inquire about the snub.
(The Hill) — The White House initially denied a request by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) to attend a Medal of Honor ceremony for a fellow Marine Corps and Afghanistan war veteran, a congressional source said.
Hunter first learned last week about plans for President Obama to award former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor during a Thursday ceremony at the White House. Hunter formally requested to attend the ceremony earlier this week, but the White House said no, the congressional source said.
The source said the lone reason for the denial given during a brief phone call from a White House official was because “the room was already full.”
An hour after The Hill contacted the White House about the apparent snub, however, Hunter’s office said an invitation was extended shortly after 12 p.m.
A White House spokesman has yet to respond to that inquiry.
Joe Kasper, Hunter’s press secretary, said the lawmaker will attend the ceremony.
“It’s surprising that the White House would first deny a request from the only Marine combat vet of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Congress to attend the award ceremony — especially when this time around it’s a Marine receiving the honor,” Kasper said.