After a press convention between Biden and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, France24’s Washington correspondent Kethevane Gorjestani mentioned that she “was requested by a really startled Australian reporter whether or not WH wranglers had been all the time so strict about ushering the pool out with out questions,” in accordance with reports.
Additionally, whereas United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson took a number of questions at their dialogue within the Oval Workplace on Tuesday, when the press tried to ask Biden questions, White Home aides ushered them out.
“As we had been leaving, I requested the president for his response to the scenario on the southern border,” CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe mentioned of the scene. “On account of shouting by White Home aides, the noise of everybody leaving, and the president sporting his masks, we couldn’t make out his reply.”
Washington Publish reporter Seung Min Kim described the scene as “not good,” whereas Wall Road Journal reporter Andrew Restuccia known as it “chaotic.”
Michele Perez Exner, Communications Director for Home Republican Chief Kevin McCarthy, mused concerning the Australians’ shock, seemingly given Australia’s notoriously stringent coronavirus restrictions.
Former Brexit Social gathering Chief Nigel Farage additionally informed “Fox & Friends First” that Tuesday’s scene was a “weird spectacle.”
“What a weird spectacle, to see two essential world leaders muzzled behind the thickest face masks that would probably ever been made,” Farage said. “A lot so it was truly fairly tough to listen to something anybody was saying. However that was the very first thing that was completely weird.”
He added that Johnson was “utterly shocked” that his American counterpart didn’t reply questions.
“And I believe Boris Johnson and naturally, you understand, our tradition as yours has all the time been, is that leaders are accountable to the press, from all sides and all opinions, who may ask questions. And I believe Boris was utterly shocked that the brand new tradition in America, who was imagined to be the leaders of the free world, is that the president does not take questions,” he mentioned.
Biden has been accused of being handled by his team all through his presidency. In a number of press conferences, the president has known as on reporters from lists pre-apprroved by his crew or mentioned he is “not supposed” to take any questions. In lots of different cases, he hasn’t taken questions in any respect, even within the midst of the lethal and chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.