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Hassan intern caught on video swearing at Trump won't be fired

By PAUL FEELY
and DAVE SOLOMON
New Hampshire Union Leader

June 26. 2018 1:16PM



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A Keene State College junior working this summer as an intern for New Hampshire's Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan has been identified as the woman swearing at President Donald Trump last Tuesday as he made his way to a meeting with House Republicans.

Caitlin Marriott can be heard yelling "Mr. President, F-- you!" as Trump and a team of aides and security personnel make their way across the Capitol Rotunda to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office.

The incident was caught on video and Marriott was first identified by Fox News on Monday, citing anonymous sources, almost a week after the incident. Her identity was later confirmed by Hassan’s office.

Aaron Jacobs, Hassan’s communications director, said Marriott had been suspended from her position for one week, and will no longer have access to the Capitol building.

"We are aware of the situation and have taken disciplinary action, including a one-week suspension and revoking her Congressional intern ID badge, thereby restricting her access to the Capitol, in response to her breach of office policies regarding respectful and appropriate conduct," said Jacobs in a statement. "We also facilitated contact with Capitol police."
Video below shows the intern yelling at President Trump. (NOTE: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE)

He declined say whether she was back on the job Tuesday, or to comment further on the situation.

The need for Hassan’s office to cooperate with law enforcement arose as police searched for the young woman, who reportedly fled the scene immediately after the incident. Authorities determined that Marriott did not pose any threat to the President.

She became an overnight social media sensation, as the deterioration of civil discourse moved front and center on the public agenda.

According to her Keene State College online “Merit Page,” Marriott is majoring in criminal justice and psychology. The graduate of Rutland, Vt., High School lists Mendon, Vt., as her hometown.

She was among 48  students who received a President's Scholarship in her freshman year, awarded annually to incoming students who exhibit academic excellence.

New Hampshire Republicans on Tuesday said Marriott should be fired. Gov. Chris Sununu, speaking to reporters after a bill-signing in Manchester, said he would fire someone in similar circumstances.

"I wouldn’t tolerate it in my office, I’ll tell you that," he said. "There would be a termination. Leadership is about leading by example." 

Sununu said he hoped Hassan would take "appropriate steps."

"I have to say that outburst I feel was really disgusting behavior, and there’s no place for that in terms of public discourse and public office. I think we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard," he said.

State Republican Party Chair Jeanie Forrester urged Granite Staters to call Hassan's office and demand the intern be fired.

“The revelation that it was indeed Senator Maggie Hassan's intern who shouted an obscenity at our President in the Capitol Rotunda should disgust, anger, and embarrass Granite Staters," she said.

"Senator Hassan owes it to her constituents, to the U.S. Senate, to the Office of the President, and to future interns to send the right message. Fire this intern and stop nurturing this culture of hate."

N.H. Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley responded that the "message of fear and resentment" is being nurtured by President Trump and his supporters.
"Between their heartless attempts to kick millions off of health insurance to Trump's racist policy of locking up children in cages, it is the Republican Party that has created a culture of hate," he said.
 
When asked how office policies regarding respectful and appropriate conduct were communicated to the intern, Jacobs cited the following statement which he said is communicated to interns in writing when they enter the office: “Use proper language and exhibit appropriate behavior at all times.”

Jacobs said Hassan's office gives preference to New Hampshire residents, but that Merritt, a resident of Vermont, qualified by virtue of her qualifications and the fact that she is a New Hampshire college student.


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