Notes from FNC Ed Henry about the suggestion by some in Former Treasury Sec Tim Geithner’s book that he was told or encouraged to be less than candid on the Sunday Morning shows by WH Dan Pfeiffer


Below from FNC Ed Henry:

Source close to former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner tells Fox that he “does not believe he was encouraged to go out and mislead the public on the Sunday shows.


The official was reacting to conservative criticism bubbling up over an anecdote in the new book “Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises,” in which Geithner tells an anecdote about WH aide Dan Pfeiffer helping to prep him for Sunday shows.


“I objected when Dan Pfeiffer wanted me to say Social Security didn’t contribute to the deficit,” Geithner writes. “It wasn’t a main driver of our future deficits, but it did contribute. Pfeiffer said the line was a ‘dog whistle’ to the left, a phrase I had never heard before. He had to explain that the phrase was code to the Democratic base, signaling that we intended to protect Social Security.” (p. 458-9, 467)


The source close to Geithner tells Fox that all the former Treasury Secretary was trying to say was that Pfeiffer wanted him to “send a signal” to liberals about the President’s commitment to not allowing major cuts to Social Security.