White House reporters scream after 3-inch mouse falls from ceiling and into a journalist’s
The press wing of the White House got a shock on Tuesday when a small mouse dropped from the ceiling and fell into an NBC News reporter’s lap.
A mixture of screaming as some reporters make noise and others chased the 3-inch-long invader.
President Donald Trump made headlines in July by tweeting that the Baltimore, Maryland congressional district represented by Democratic Rep.
Elijah Cummings is ‘a disgusting, rat and rodent mess.’
White House aides stayed mum Tuesday about the baby vermin, a visible sign of a continuing problem in the building Trump calls home.
But the momentary freak-out into the White House briefing room where most correspondents spend little time.
More than a dozen gave chase led to video clips and a splash at the top of the influential Drudge Report website.
White House NBC News digital reporter Shannon that it was the most excitement in the White House briefing room in months.
One photographer drew the loudest yelp of the afternoon a small stuffed rat in her direction.
Other reporters, including Reuters correspondent Steve Holland, tweeted photos of White House reporters scrambling in the press room.
They searched for the mouse as it ran around the booth.
One producer’s tweeted video shows the mouse running behind tables and equipment as it remained uncaptured.
The mouse later escaped the office area and was running free in the White House press briefing room.
It does not appear that the mouse has since been caught. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Hill.
The toy was a leftover prop from practical jokes the last time mice reared their heads where reporters work.
By the time Tuesday’s mouse escaped from NBC’s glass.
The press wing has had a rodent problem for years. General Services Administration have placed traps along corridors and under desks.
It does not appear that the mouse has since been caught. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
On September 1 one mouse left the building only to be found dead on a pathway close to the briefing room.
President Obama recently had a problem with cockroaches, but he’s not the first resident of the 213-year-old building to have a pest problem.
Back in 1977 when mice invaded the White House, President Jimmy Carter wasn’t laughing.
According to National Journal account, the White House rodent battle is legendary.
In a typical governmental, a war between two federal agencies turned a small problem into a huge headache.
Responsible for maintaining the interior of the White House, the General Services Administration told the President it had eliminated all inside mice.
Interior said its hands were tied because the mice were now inside the building.
The pest control problem came to a head when mice started running across the President’s desk and the smell of dead mouse cast a pall over the Oval Office.
The President told agency heads to solve the problem and out of its jurisdiction. A two-month battle ensued and 61 mice were caught before peace again reigned.
The moral of the story? When mice invade, call Stern for expert commercial mouse and rat extermination.