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Woman faints during White House press briefing

This post has been updated. 

New White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest started delivering the administration's daily briefing to the press Monday. And what a week it's been so far.

The first briefing by Earnest, who is generally well-regarded by the press, went well until the very end, when things turned testy. The end of Earnest's second briefing was again punctuated by an unexpected event, albeit a much scarier one.

The briefing ended abruptly Tuesday after a female intern for the White House communications staff fainted. The woman was standing with a group of interns along a wall. They were watching their first briefing. The group stood the entire time, about an hour.

The woman appears to be okay. It was her first day working at the White House. Earnest and Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz rushed water to the woman and another intern brought her M and M's.

The intern had said that she was feeling faint earlier, but had eaten lunch.

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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