I don't think Clay was talking down to Debbie or micromanaging her call.
Most anybody else might've just pulled the plug on the painting and told Debbie's cousin thanks, but no thanks, and not even TRIED to give the cousin a deadline to get a sketch to him to review.
At the end of the day, it IS Clay's ass on the line, HE is the PM, and HE has the final say-so in EVERYTHING.
End of story.
Arsenio is in a WORLD of hurt.