President Joe Biden refused to take any questions once again from any U.S. reporters on Tuesday during a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – and the press has officially had enough of the sheltered president.
To make matters worse for Biden and his handlers, the British PM, for his part, did take questions from the reporters while sitting in the oval office.
After a brief conversation with Biden that touched on issues ranging from climate change and transport infrastructure to lifting the ban on British beef, Johnson opened the floor for reporters from his home country.
“Would it be okay if we have just a couple of questions, just a couple?” Johnson asked, looking over to Biden, who replied, “Good luck.”
After Johnson took several questions from British reporters, Biden’s handlers abruptly shut down any hopes U.S. reporters had of questioning the president as the White House staff began shouting while Johnson was mid-sentence and forced the entire press pool out of the oval office.
The confused reporters shouted a wide range of questions in response as they were being kicked out. Biden appeared to briefly answer one shouted question as the pool exited, saying, “The violence is unacceptable.” It is not clear what the question was.
“[President] Biden and British PM [Boris Johnson] meet to discuss pandemic, trade and other issues,” CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe tweeted. “Johnson took 3 questions. White House aides shouted down U.S. attempts to ask questions. I asked Biden about southern border and we couldn’t decipher what he said.”
After the strange scene, White House reporters made a formal complaint with the White House about not getting any formal questions while the British press asked away.
The complaint was filed against Democrat President Joe Biden for refusing to answer questions from American media about the multiple ongoing crises that have erupted under his regime.
White House Correspondents’ Association President Steven Portnoy said in a statement that he filed a formal complaint over the incident to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“The entire editorial component of the U.S. pool went immediately into Jen Psaki’s office to register a formal complaint that no American reporters were recognized for questions in the president’s Oval Office, and that wranglers loudly shouted over the president as he seemed to give an answer to Ed O’Keefe’s question about the situation at the Southern Border,” the statement said. “Biden’s answer could not be heard over the shouting.”
“Psaki was unaware that the incident had occurred, and suggested that she was not in a position to offer an immediate solution,” the statement continued.
Portnoy requested that Biden hold a formal press conference as a makeup for continuing to ignore reporters’ questions, which is a common occurrence from Biden, and Psaki responded by claiming that Biden “takes questions several times a week.”
Reporters vented their frustration with Biden’s lack of transparency in refusing to engage with the press.
Ashley Parker of The Washington Post stated, “Worth noting that Biden ran for office promising to restore democracy after 4 years of Trump. But today it was the British leader, NOT the American one, who spotlighted a key tenet of a flourishing democracy — respect for a free press — by taking questions from his press corps.”
Stephen Miller of The Spectator noted, “Joe Biden has not taken or answered a single question regarding the border, FDA boosters getting shot down and the drone strike that killed 7 kids. His aides shout down reporters and herds them out of rooms, and the press complies with them.”
Darren Grimes of GB News, meanwhile, pointed out the hypocrisy of the mainstream media’s reluctancy to criticize Biden for the continued attempts to ignore reporters. “Boris Johnson took two questions from the British press, President Biden refused to take any, domestic or international. I can well imagine the headlines if Trump did the same, he’d be decried as an ‘authoritarian’, a ‘fascist dictator’ evading scrutiny,” Grimes said.
Author: Lucas Hosa