The multitude of appearances on the Sunday morning talk shows must have gotten to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough because in an interview on ABC’s This Week, he mistakenly revealed the previously unreleased name of the American woman who is being held hostage by ISIS.
While speaking with George Stephanopoulos, who asked if the surviving Japanese hostage could be saved and asked about the unknown woman held by ISIS, McDonough said:
Well, the president had a good talk overnight our time here with Prime Minister Abe, underscoring our continued support for and partnership with the Japanese. They making this huge investment halfway around the world like we are in Iraq and Syria against ISIS.
And as it relates to our hostages, we are obviously continuing to work those matters very, very aggressively. We are sparing no expense, and sparing no effort, both in trying to make sure that we know where they are and make sure that we’re prepared to do anything we must to try to get them home. But [REDACTED] family knows how strongly the president feels about this and we will continue to work this.
According to a transcript from ABC, McDonough said: “But Kala’s (ph) family knows how strongly the president feels about this and we will continue to work this.”
Politico reported that National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan responded to McDonough’s slip-up while traveling with President Obama in India:
We don’t have anything to add, other than to request again that you not use the name of the individual.
Piers Morgan also weighed in on the matter through Twitter:
Source: Weekly Standard