How do you respond to a question you don’t want to answer?

The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell he couldn’t hear her after she posed a question about spying.

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“No comment” is all but verboten in PR circles, but the path former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren chose probably wasn’t better. In a Monday appearance on MSNBC, Oren responded to a question from anchor Andrea Mitchell about whether Israeli intelligence had eavesdropped on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with this:

“An…An…Andrea, I can’t hear you. I’m sorry.”

After that, he reached for his earpiece and reminded Mitchell he was in Tel Aviv.

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