Mitt Romney’s campaign had to deal with another minor headache Tuesday as he wraps up his overseas sojourn, with an aide telling the press to “shove it” in Poland.
Republican presidential candidate was visiting the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and heading back to his car when reporters started shouting questions from behind the rope line, writes The Huff Post.
Correspondents from CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post asked Romney to comment on his gaffes on the foreign trip, and whether he had any statement for the Palestinians.
According to The Washington Times, reporters shouted questions on whether Romney’s perceived gaffes — hinting that London may not be prepared to host the Olympics and that Israel’s culture has played a part in its economic success — have overshadowed his trip, and whether he had anything to say to Palestinians about the remark on Israel.
Then, Rick Gorka, Romney’s traveling press secretary, told reporters, “Kiss my ass, this is a holy site for the Polish people. Show some respect.”
After that he told CNN’s Jonathan Martin to “shove it.”
However, 30 minutes later Gorka called reporters to apologize, calling his comments “inappropriate.”
After Romney visited Pilsudski Square where the Polish Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is situated, laying a wreath and greeting Polish military veterans, the GOP hopeful decided to walk down to a monument on the other side of the square.
Meanwhile, one journalist noted that they hadn’t had another opportunity to ask questions. Romney has not held a media availability for his traveling press corps since taking three questions outside 10 Downing Street in London last Thursday, noticed Politico.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who is covering Romney on his trip, even called the candidate out over press access on Monday.